Effective January 1, 2018, employers covered by the Ontario  Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA)  have been required to post version 7.0 of the Ministry of Labour poster “Fair at Work Ontario – What You Need to Know” in the workplace where it is likely to come to the attention of employees.  Employers must also provide all employees with a copy of the poster within 30 days of their hire date.

The poster must be displayed in English.  Further, if the majority language of a workplace is a language other than English, and the Ministry has published a version of the poster in that language, the employer must post a copy of the translation next to the English version of the poster.  Employees must also be provided with available translations of the poster, upon request.

Version 7.0 of the poster is now available in 12 languages, and may be downloaded free of charge from the following hyperlinks: English,  French,  Arabic,  Chinese (Simplified),  Chinese (Traditional),  Hindi,  Portuguese,  Punjabi,  Spanish,  Tagalog,  Thai  and  Urdu.

Failure to post or distribute copies of the poster to employees would be in violation of the ESA and could expose employers to enforcement action.

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