Monday, 26 November 2012

Employment Standards in Ontario: Finding Information for Employers

Introduction

Do you own a business in Ontario and plan on hiring employees now or in the future?  If so, you should know that there are many laws that must be followed while managing employees.

In this post, we’re going to introduce you to the Employment Standards section of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s website and where you can find the laws that you need to know.

Our Findings

To start, you’ll need to go to the Employment Standards section of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s website.  This section can be found here.

In its current format, if you have a scroll down to the “Key Resources” section in the body of the webpage, you’ll find links to most of the Employment Standards resources that you will need.  Of the links in this section, the primary ones that you are likely to use on a regular basis can be found below.

The Employment Standards Act

Given that it is the true, written law, the most important page of information within the Employment Standards website is obviously the Employment Standards Act itself.  The entire online version of the Employment Standards Act can be found here.

Guide to the Employment Standards Act

If you’ve ever tried to navigate and read laws such as the one mentioned above, you’d know that it is not always the easiest to find and extract the information that you need.  Knowing this, the Ontario Ministry of Labour has made a Guide to the Employment Standards Act to help people find the information that they need to know.  This guide can be found here.

If you have a look at this guide, you’ll find the contents of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act broken down into clear, manageable, and understandable sections based on different subjects of interest.  Some section subjects include: Record Keeping, Payment of Wages, Minimum Wage, Hours of Work, Overtime, Vacation, etc.

We highly recommend that you familiarize yourself with this section of the website—it will likely be your primary place of reference for all of your Employment Standards needs.

Other Pages of Interest

The following are some other pages of interest within the Employment Standards section of the Ontario Ministry of Labour website.

Complying with Employment Standards: What Businesses Need to Know

This page of the Employment Standards section explains some of the primary subjects of interest for employers in Ontario and why they must follow the law.  It acts as a great summation of information for employers that are new to Employment Standards.  It can be found here.

Tools: Employment Standards

This page of the Employment Standards section offers some useful tools for employers as they follow Employment Standards.  The tools are as follows: Employer Workbook; Hours of Work and Overtime Tool; Public Holiday Pay Calculator; Severance Tool; Special Rule Tool; and Termination Tool.  All of these tools can be found here.

Final Thoughts

Laws are complicated, but they have to be followed.  If you don’t follow the law, you may face lawsuits and extensive fines.

As a result, we highly recommend that you take some time to navigate the entire website to familiarize yourself with the subject, its laws, and all other applicable information.  Altogether, the more time you spend, the easier it will be to understand everything and the fewer headaches you will have in the long run.

Good luck!  :)

References

(1)- The Employment Standards main website:


(2)- The online version of the Employment Standards Act:


(3)- The Guide to the Employment Standards Act:


(4)- Complying with Employment Standards: What Businesses Need to Know:


(5)- Useful Tools:


Links to More Information

That should be plenty!  :)


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