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In Ontario, the Employment Standards Act sets out the minimum standards that employers and employees must follow. The Employment Standards Act sets out protections for workers including, minimum wage, overtime pay, public holidays, notice and severance pay and a variety of permitted personal leaves.

In Ontario, the Human Rights Code provides everyone equal rights and opportunities without discrimination in specific social areas such as employment, housing, services, facilities, and contracts or agreements.  The Code’s goal is to prevent discrimination and harassment because of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, and age, to name a few of the sixteen grounds. All other Ontario Laws must comply with the Code.

In Ontario, the Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out the rights and duties of all parties in the workplace. All Workers have the right to be part of the process of identifying and resolving workplace health and safety concerns. Workers also have the right to know about any potential hazards to which they may be exposed and have the right to refuse work that they believe is dangerous to either their own health and safety or that of another worker. They may also refuse work if they believe they are endangered by workplace violence.  Workers have the right to return home each day safe and sound. 

In Ontario, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act establishes rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in the event of a work related accident or injury.

For more information regarding your rights in the workplace, feel free to contact us and we would be happy to assist you.