Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (the “Ministry”) has issued a new version of its employment standards poster following changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) that came into force on January 1, 2018. All employers required to post this poster as per the ESA must ensure that they post the most recent version. A PDF version of the poster must also be provided to employees electronically or in hardcopy within 30 days of their date of hire.
An employer who is required to post the poster but who has failed to post the most recent version on or after January 1, 2018 is in violation of the ESA and should rectify the violation by complying with the requirement as soon as is practicable.
The new poster and the Ministry’s answers to frequently asked questions regarding the posting and distribution of its employment standards poster are available on the Ministry’s website. The poster can be downloaded and printed from the Ministry’s website at no charge.
The Ministry’s new employment standards poster is available in a number of languages in addition to English and French.
If you are an employer required to post the Ministry’s employment standards poster, you will need to ensure that:
- The most recent version of the poster is posted immediately; and
- The poster is distributed to employees as may be required.
If you are unsure as to whether or how the posting requirements of the ESA might apply to your operations, it would be prudent to seek the immediate advice of a labour and employment lawyer.