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Is my employer required to provide me with a reference letter?

No. At law, employers are not obligated to provide employees, including dismissed employees, with a reference letter. However, the courts have found that where an employer refuses to provide a…

My employer has breached my rights under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). What remedies are available to me?

If you believe that your employer has violated your rights and/or has failed to fulfill their obligations under the ESA, you may: File a complaint with the Ministry of Labour;…

I am a salaried employee. Am I entitled to overtime?

Generally, yes. Salaried employees are entitled to overtime for all hours worked beyond 44 hours per week. This, however, generally does not apply to salaried employees who are considered managers…

Can employers provide greater rights than what is prescribed by employment standards?

Yes. An employer is permitted to provide an employee, by way of contract or otherwise, with a greater right or benefit than the applicable minimum employment standards for the relevant…

How much vacation time am I entitled to under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”)?

In Ontario, and under the ESA, an employee with less than five (5) years of service with the same employer is entitled to two (2) weeks of paid vacation per…

What is the difference between “notice” and “severance” under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”)?

Generally, when an employer ends an employment relationship, the employee must be provided with written notice of the termination of their employment, payment in lieu of notice, or some combination…

Does the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) impose mandatory breaks from work?

Employers are required to ensure that an employee does not work for more than five (5) consecutive hours by providing all employees with a minimum 30-minute break free from work.…

What types of leaves are permitted under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”)?

The ESA allows for several types of leaves, including: Bereavement Leave Child Death Leave Crime-Related Child Disappearance Leave Critical Illness Leave Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave Family Caregiver Leave Family…

Who is covered by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”)?

In Ontario, most employees and employers are covered by the ESA. However, the ESA does not cover employees and employers that fall under federal jurisdiction, including, but not limited to:…