Employee and Human Rights


  • Sets out the minimum legal requirements for employers to follow when it comes to employment.
  • All employers must follow the minimum requirements that are set out for that province.
  • Ministry of Labour sets out the ESA for Ontario.
  • Note: ESA in a minimum standard.


  • Minimum wage for office workers is currently $14 --> Increasing to $14.25 as of October 1st, 2020.
  • After 44 hours worked in a given week, an employee must be paid 1.5 (time and a half) times their regular rate or given time in lieu.
  • Employees are required to be paid for Public Holidays including New Years, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day
  • If an employee is “terminated without cause”, the employers is required to pay out termination notice.


Human Rights – The right to gain employment without discrimination based on the areas that are protected by the Human Rights Code.

The Ontario Human Rights Code – The provincial law that gives everybody equal rights and opportunities without discrimination in areas such as jobs, housing and services.

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario – Decides if someone’s human rights have been violated. If you think your rights under the Code have been violated, you can file a complaint – called an application – directly with the Tribunal.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission – Identifies the root causes of discrimination, and aims to bring about broad, systemic change to remove them. They develop policies and provide public education, monitor human rights, completes research and analysis, and conducts human rights public interest inquiries.

Webex session given by Altis Recruitment – Sept 2020 https://zoom.us/rec/play/ImLLajMQRnY0KYYz5M9Pf1TxwUOTSmW2ByOlRAKC93Nm_cb_O27VZjJOyxwvVoNLw_R9UQ3S3qGfCyyL.wFC1GU1V4k8e0XDT?startTime=1600871177000