What is the Employment Standards Act (ESA)?

The ESA sets out the minimum standards of employment in Ontario. It covers the workplace rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees. It also applies to most workers in Ontario (with some exemptions).

What Employer’s Need to Know About the ESA

The ESA is important for knowing what is legal when running a business. It outlines the minimum employment standards for:

  • Hours of Work
  • Wages and Overtime Pay
  • Minimum Wage
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work
  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Benefit Plans
  • Public Holidays
  • Vacation Time and Pay
  • Termination and Severance of Employment
  • Temporary Layoffs
  • Liabilities
  • Complaints and Enforcement
  • Offences and Prosecution
  • Temporary Help Agencies

Understanding the ESA is crucial to the success of your business. It applies to every part of the workplace, from writing legal contracts to creating employee handbooks.

Knowing your rights and obligations as an employer and what regulations affect your business is the best way to stay compliant. But reading the ESA can be overwhelming. This is where we come in.

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