Business Alert! Fines For Violating ESA Rules

January 20, 2016 – Currently the Ontario Ministry of Labour are conducting a blitz including inspections by Employment Standards Officers. The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) sets minimum standards for most workplaces in Ontario. Special rules and exemptions apply to certain employees.

As per Ministry of Labour regulations Employers are required to post the most recent version (6.0) of the Employment Standards Poster published by the Minister of Labour in the workplace where it is likely to come to the attention of employees. If you have a Version 5 replace with Version 6. An employer who is required to post the poster and who fails to post version 6.0 on or after May 1, 2015 would be in violation of the Employment Standards Act, 2000. This could result in an employment standards officer taking enforcement action. A number of employers have been fined for having the older version or their poster on the bulletin board.

Additionally employers are required to provide a copy of this poster to every employee.  This can be done by paper, as an e-mail attachment or as a hyper-link at

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