Back to compliance basics

5 Employment Standards Act compliance traps that commonly create risks
By Safina Lakhani
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

It may seem tough sometimes for employers to keep current with their legal responsibilities when it comes to things like just cause, human rights, and employment contracts. But when it comes to employment standards, things are fairly constant (other than when legislative changes happen). However, there are still common compliance mistakes employers make.

The source of many legal rights and obligations between employers and their employees in Ontario is the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), which serves as the backbone of the traditional employment relationship in Ontario. The ESA sets minimum compliance standards for all stages of the employment relationship, from hiring to termination.

The minimum employment standards set out in the ESA are sometimes viewed as obstacles to business success. However, that need not be the case. The ESA is a benchmark for an employer’s obligations to its employees. As such, it allows an employer to standardize workplace arrangements and demonstrate the areas where it provides its employees with entitlements that exceed the minimum requirements. This enables organizations to build stronger employer brands and attract, engage and retain their industry’s top performers.