On January 1, 2018, significant changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 under Bill 148, or the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, took effect. As part of these changes, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour issued a new version of its employment standards poster. All employees in Ontario who are covered by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 must receive a hardcopy or electronic copy of the one-page poster entitled “Employment Standards in Ontario” from their employer within thirty days of hire.
Version 6.0 of the Employment Standards poster became out of date when several provisions of the ESA changed on January 1, 2018. Accordingly, the Ministry of Labour recently created version 7.0 of the Employment Standards poster to reflect the new laws.
Employers are required to post the Employment Standards poster in a conspicuous location, such as the lunch room. The poster must be displayed in English. If the majority language of a workplace is a language other than English, and the Ministry of Labour has published a version of the poster in that language, a copy of the translation must be posted next to the English version of the poster.
Version 7.0 is available in a number of languages, including French, Arabic and Urdu.
The Employment Standards poster is meant to help employers and employees understand their rights and obligations under the ESA, such as minimum wage, hours of work, and statutory leaves of absences.
An employer who fails to provide the most recent version of the poster on or after January 1, 2018 is in violation of the ESA.
The English version of the poster can be found at https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pdf/es_poster_2018_1.pdf
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