New Version of Employment Standards Poster is Available
Date: October 8, 2020
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development recently published a new version of the Employment Standards in Ontario poster (Version 9.0). The poster contains information relating to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) with respect to minimum wage, hours and overtime, vacation time and pay, public holidays, leaves of absence and termination notice and pay.
Employers must do the following three things:
- provide a copy of the most recent poster to each employee
- provide new hires with a copy of the poster within 30 days of hire
- where an employee asks for a translation of the poster, provide the employee with a copy of the translated poster if one is available from the Director of Employment Standards.
The obligation to provide the new poster to all employees can be met by providing a physical copy, a copy electronically by email or by other electronic means where the employee is directed to a link to the poster and is capable of accessing it and printing it. Please note that it is Ministry policy that new versions of the poster do not need to be provided to existing employees as long as they have previously been provided with what would have been the most up-to-date poster at that time. Thus, Version 9.0 of the poster should be used going forward for all new hires.
Further to changes to the ESA made in 2019, employers are no longer required to post the poster in the workplace. Moreover, the poster requirement does not apply to the Crown and a range of Crown agencies and other government-related employers.
Please contact your regular Hicks Morley lawyer should you require further information.
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