Employers: Post and Distribute the Updated ESA Poster

Written by on January 18, 2019.

Under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”), employers must post a copy of the most recent employment standards poster (“ESA Poster”) prepared by the Ministry of Labour in a “conspicuous place” in the workplace. The Ministry of Labour has just released a new version of the ESA Poster, which you can view/print at this link.[1]

In addition to posting the updated ESA Poster in a conspicuous place, employers must print it, in colour or black and white, on paper that is at least 8.5 inches by 11 inches, in English and the majority language of the workplace (if available), provide a copy to each existing employee, and provide a copy to each new hire subject to the ESA within 30 days of their hire date.

It should be noted that the requirement to post the ESA Poster in the workplace may be repealed if Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018 (“Bill 66”) passes as anticipated. Bill 66 was introduced on December 6, 2018 and was carried on First Reading. The Legislature is currently on winter break but will resume on February 19, 2019. We will provide further updates if and when Bill 66 comes into force.

The updated ESA Poster is also available in several languages other than English on the Ministry’s website.

[1] https://files.ontario.ca/employment-standards-in-ontario.pdf