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The new Ontario Employment Standards Act


Area Employment and Labour


In November, 2000, the Ontario government introduced the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “New Act”) which included significant revisions and additions to the minimum terms and conditions of employment currently found in the Employment Standards Act (the “Old Act”). Although the New Act has not yet been proclaimed in force, employers should be aware of the enhanced and additional obligations which are imposed by the New Act in order to ensure that their policies and procedures will comply with the New Act once it is fully in force and effect. Many of the changes included in the New Act are intended to provide employees and employers with the flexibility to arrange their work schedules to address specific business and personal needs. Efforts have also been made to clarify obligations relating to hours of work, overtime, vacations and public holidays and to recognize practices which are already in place in many employment relationships.

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