Mapping Canada’s Employment Standards Acts

While looking up the Employment Standards Acts (ESA) across provinces, we found this detailed document that provides each’s information and ESA links for every province.
This document can make life a bit easier if you have employees working in other provinces, and are looking for answers.  This also includes employees that moved to work remotely during the pandemic and may now come under another provinces jurisdiction.

Ontario Government Announces Changes To Requirement For Medical Notes

The Employment Standards Act allows employees to take 3 unpaid days each year for personal illness, injury, or medical injury.  This has required doctors notes in the past, but the government is looking to changes this and is covered in the article below.

Ontario Government Announces Changes To Requirement For Medical Notes Under The Employment Standards Act, 2000

Why your Canadian Employee must sign their Employment Contract before their First Day at Work.

The article below is a great reminder of the importance of getting employment contracts signed BEFORE the employee starts.

I would add that this is also a great time to have employees complete their benefit plan enrolments (and health questions, if required). This timing avoids chasing them down after they have started, and the problems with people saying they don’t want to be on the plan, or have deductions, when it is mandatory and required by the contract.

It’s critical that your business obtains employee sign off and acceptance of their terms and conditions of employment prior to the employee’s first day of work.