There are new requirements regarding the posting and
distribution of the Ontario Ministry of Labour employment standards
poster entitled "Employment Standards in Ontario".
Effective as of May 1, 2015, employers are required to post the
most recent version of the poster (version 6.0) in the workplace
where it is likely to come to the attention of employees. The
poster must be displayed in English, unless the majority language
of the workplace is a language other than English and the Ministry
has published a version of the poster in that language. If so, the
employer is required to post a copy of the translation next to the
English version of the poster. The poster can be downloaded and
printed here. The poster must be
printed out on letter-size paper, in colour or black and white.
Pursuant to amendments to the Employment
Standards Act, 2000, effective as of May 20,
2015, employers are required to provide all existing employees with
a copy of the poster (version 6.0) by June 19, 2015. Employees
hired after May 20, 2015 must be provided with a copy of the poster
within 30 days of their hire date. Employers may provide the poster
as a printed copy or as an attachment via email to the employee.
Employers may also 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 and a printer and
knows how to use the computer and printer.
An employer that is required to post and distribute the poster
and fails to do so would be in violation of the Act. Should the
employer be audited or investigated by the Ministry of Labour, this
failure could result in enforcement action.
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