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New ESA Poster Requirements for Ontario Employers

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has just released its new version (6.0) of the Employment Standards Poster entitled “Employment Standards in Ontario”.

Ontario employers must immediately post this new poster in each of its workplaces in a location likely to come to the attention of employees.   It must be displayed in English.  If the majority of the workplace speaks a language other than English and the Ministry has published a version of the poster in that other language, a copy of the translated version must be posted next to the English version.

Ontario employers must also provide a copy of this new poster to all current employees by no later than June 19, 2015.   Any employees hired after May 20, 2015 must be given a copy within 30 days after their start date.

According to the Ministry website, “An employer may provide the poster as a printed copy or as an attachment in an email to the employee.  In addition, an employer may provide the poster via a link to the document on an internet database, but only if the employer ensures that the employee has reasonable access to that database (i.e. must ensure the employee has access to a computer and is able to access a working link to the document), and ensures the employee has access to a printer and that the employee knows how to use the computer and the printer.”

If an employee requests a copy of the new poster in a language other than English and the Ministry has published a version in that other language, a copy of the translated version must be provided to the employee in addition to the English version.

To learn more about these requirements, check out the following publication on the Ministry website at:

Employment Standards Poster

Also, to learn more about other recent changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000, check out the following articles by my colleagues in the Labour & Employment Group at Siskinds:

New Amendments to the ESA may require employers to find themselves guilty of violating the act

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Of course, if you have specific questions, or would like to discuss these changes or any other employment-related matter, please contact us directly.