Labour Law - Employment

Labour laws and employment laws in Canada are in place to protect both employees and employers. A wide range of matters and situations are covered under these laws. Labour laws govern the relationship between unionized employees and trade unions and their employers and regulate certain processes, including arbitration and negotiation, the ability to go on strike, and collective bargaining. Employment law, on the other hand, governs the relationship between individual employees and their employer and covers things such as wrongful dismissal, health and safety in the workplace, human rights, pensions, and workers’ compensation, among others. Are you looking for advice on the pros and cons of joining a particular workers union, and want to know what your rights and obligations may be upon doing so? Have you recently been laid-off or let go from a position, and you want to reach out to an employment lawyer to ensure you have been treated fairly? Or are you a small business owner, and you would like to have clarification on your rights as an employer before hiring or dismissing an employee? We have multiple resources available to help you better understand labour and employment laws, and answer the questions that you may have.

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Ontario. Ministry of Labour - Employment Standards

Responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Employment Standards Act, the Industrial Standards Act, the Employment Agencies Act, and the Ontario Government Fair Wage Schedules.

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic

A non-profit bilingual community legal clinic serving low income residents of Hamilton. In addition, to providing 'traditional' poverty law services including legal advice and referrals and legal representation, the clinic is involved in public legal education, community development and law reform.

Some areas of service include:

Tenant Rights
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP / social assistance)
Ontario Works (OW / social assistance)
Workers Compensation (WSIB)
Commissioner of Oaths
Canada Pension Plan
Employment Insurance
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Creating a Will (Pro Bono Project)
Human Rights
Family Law referrals
Immigration advice

Ontario. Ministry of Labour. Employment Practices Branch - Ontario. Ministry of Labour. Employment Practices Branch, Central Region West, Mississauga - Central Region West, Mississauga

Administers and enforces the Employment Standards Act, 2000

Provides for minimum terms and conditions of employment * sets out maximum number of hours that can be worked in a day or week, minimum daily, weekly or biweekly rest periods, and rules for overtime pay

Establishes minimum wage -- general rate $14 per hour, students under 18 years $13.15 per hour, liquor servers $12.20 per hour * establishes vacation pay and paid public holidays -- New Year's Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Boxing Day

Prohibits unequal pay for equal work on the basis of sex * prohibits discrimination on bases such as sex, age or marital status in employer-provided benefit plans * establishes entitlement to various categories of leave such as sick leave, pregnancy and parental leave, caregiver leave, or personal emergency leave * 8 days unpaid emergency leave per calendar year (3 days for personal illness; 3 days for family responsibilities such as illness of child or spouse; 2 days for bereavement leave) * forbids lie detector testing * obliges employers to provide notice of termination or pay in lieu * obliges employers to provide severance pay to terminated employees when applicable * permits retail store workers to refuse work on Sunday and public holidays under particular circumstances * protects the rights of domestic workers and homeworkers

It's Your Job, www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/atwork/youngworkers -- information on employment standards and occupational health and safety for workers under 25 years and new workers

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic

A non-profit bilingual community legal clinic serving low income residents of Hamilton. In addition, to providing 'traditional' poverty law services including legal advice and referrals and legal representation, the clinic is involved in public legal education, community development and law reform.

Some areas of service include:

Tenant Rights
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP / social assistance)
Ontario Works (OW / social assistance)
Workers Compensation (WSIB)
Commissioner of Oaths
Canada Pension Plan
Employment Insurance
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Creating a Will (Pro Bono Project)
Human Rights
Family Law referrals
Immigration advice

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic

A non-profit bilingual community legal clinic serving low income residents of Hamilton. In addition, to providing 'traditional' poverty law services including legal advice and referrals and legal representation, the clinic is involved in public legal education, community development and law reform.

Some areas of service include:

Tenant Rights
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP / social assistance)
Ontario Works (OW / social assistance)
Workers Compensation (WSIB)
Commissioner of Oaths
Canada Pension Plan
Employment Insurance
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Creating a Will (Pro Bono Project)
Human Rights
Family Law referrals
Immigration advice

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic

A non-profit bilingual community legal clinic serving low income residents of Hamilton. In addition, to providing 'traditional' poverty law services including legal advice and referrals and legal representation, the clinic is involved in public legal education, community development and law reform.

Some areas of service include:

Tenant Rights
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP / social assistance)
Ontario Works (OW / social assistance)
Workers Compensation (WSIB)
Commissioner of Oaths
Canada Pension Plan
Employment Insurance
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Creating a Will (Pro Bono Project)
Human Rights
Family Law referrals
Immigration advice

United Way Halton & Hamilton - Labour Community Advocate Training Program

An accredited, three-level program to build skills relating to representation and support in the workplace, community activism, and retiree engagement.

Level 1 - Provides workplace representatives the skills and knowledge to help coworkers find help and access services at difficult times, and promotes community activism.

Level 2 - Community Projects trains individuals who wish to use the skills learned in Level 1 to be more hands-on in a community project.

Level 3 - Labour Retiree Engagement encourages greater social inclusion, community engagement, and volunteer opportunities for labour retirees who wish to continue being active and involved in their communities.

Labour Community Services of Peel

Helps individuals access their employment rights, human rights, income benefits and government programs like EI, WSIB, CPP, ODSP and OW

Protection provided through issue identification, early intervention, problem solving, form filling, informal mediation and representation up to and including mediation * comprehensive referrals

Community education * training and workshops in employment rights, human rights and health and safety

Halton. Employment Halton - Ontario Employment Services, Oakville Resource Centre - Oakville Resource Centre

Comprehensive employment and job search services * assessment of skills, interests and experience * job search strategies, including resume preparation * information about careers and occupations, local labour market, employment and training opportunities * on-the job training, work experience * help in maintaining employment * information and referral to other employment and community services

Youth Job Connection -- for youth 15-29 years who experience multiple barriers to employment * paid pre-employment training * job matching and paid job placements * placement supports for participants and hiring incentives for employers * mentorship * education and work transitions supports

Youth Job Connection Summer -- summer job opportunities and part-time job placements during the year

Employment & Wellness Program -- addiction and mental health program offers 16 weeks of counselling, skill development and job placement opportunities to help you obtain & maintain a job * complete an online referral at Employment Programs and Supports

Second Career Program -- skills training and financial support for laid-off workers

Services for Employers -- help in identifying their human resource skill requirements * matching of workplace needs to workers' skills, capabilities, interests and experience * support for developing on-the-job training plans and monitoring of placements to support retention

Canada-Ontario Job Grant -- financial support for individual employers to purchase training for their employees * available to small, medium and large businesses planning to deliver short-term training for existing or new employees

PATH Employment Services - Ontario Employment Assistance Services

Offers employment services which may include dissemination of labour market information, employment needs assessment, career planning, employment counselling, diagnostic services, job search skills, job placement services, developing an employment action plan, referral to appropriate interventions, assessments for disability-related accommodations and participant case management and follow-up

Halton. Employment Halton - Ontario Employment Services, Oakville Resource Centre - Oakville Resource Centre

Comprehensive employment and job search services * assessment of skills, interests and experience * job search strategies, including resume preparation * information about careers and occupations, local labour market, employment and training opportunities * on-the job training, work experience * help in maintaining employment * information and referral to other employment and community services

Youth Job Connection -- for youth 15-29 years who experience multiple barriers to employment * paid pre-employment training * job matching and paid job placements * placement supports for participants and hiring incentives for employers * mentorship * education and work transitions supports

Youth Job Connection Summer -- summer job opportunities and part-time job placements during the year

Employment & Wellness Program -- addiction and mental health program offers 16 weeks of counselling, skill development and job placement opportunities to help you obtain & maintain a job * complete an online referral at Employment Programs and Supports

Second Career Program -- skills training and financial support for laid-off workers

Services for Employers -- help in identifying their human resource skill requirements * matching of workplace needs to workers' skills, capabilities, interests and experience * support for developing on-the-job training plans and monitoring of placements to support retention

Canada-Ontario Job Grant -- financial support for individual employers to purchase training for their employees * available to small, medium and large businesses planning to deliver short-term training for existing or new employees

YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington, and Brantford - Ontario Employment Services - Burlington - YMCA Employment & Training Services

Comprehensive employment and job search services * assessment of skills, interests and experience * job search strategies, including resume preparation * information about careers and occupations, local labour market, employment and training opportunities * on-the job training, work experience * help in maintaining employment * information and referral to other employment and community services

Youth Job Connection -- paid pre-employment training * job matching and paid job placements * placement supports for participants and hiring incentives for employers * mentorship * education and work transitions supports

Youth Job Connection Summer -- summer job opportunities and part-time job placements during the year

Second Career Program -- skills training and financial support for laid-off workers

Services for employers -- help in identifying their human resource skill requirements * matching of workplace needs to workers' skills, capabilities, interests and experience * support for developing on-the-job training plans and monitoring of placements to support retention

Canada-Ontario Job Grant -- financial support for individual employers to purchase training for their employees * available to small, medium and large businesses planning to deliver short-term training for existing or new employees