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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! EMPLOYEE TIP SHEET

PART 1: BE INFORMED

Know your rights as an employee and the rights and responsibilities of an employer. It’s the first step in protecting yourself. Below are some of the most popular employment-related topics. Click on any of them to learn more.

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)

CLEO has an extensive collection of free legal information available in a variety of languages. Click here for employment-related tip sheets.

Workers Health & Safety Centre

Basic worker health and safety rights have been translated into 16 different languages. Click here to access the resources.

WSIB Ontario

If you are ever injured or become ill because of your job, WSIB gives the support you’re entitled to under Ontario’s workplace safety and insurance system. That includes benefits, as well as other support, such as return to work assistance. Click here to learn more.

PART 2: TAKE ACTION

If you have tried speaking with your employer and your situation has not changed, or you don’t feel you can speak to your employer, you can file an “employment standards claim” with the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

  • Employees can phone the Employment Standards Information Centre for assistance in identifying and defining issues. You cannot file a claim with the Ministry of Labour under two situations: If you are represented by a trade union; and if you filed a claim in a court of law.
  • Click here for step by step information about filing an employment standards claim
  • If you believe you have experienced discrimination or harassment, you can file an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). Click here.

WHAT IS LABOUR DAY?

Labour Day in Canada is celebrated on the first Monday of September and is a federal statutory holiday.

Labour day started in 1872, when the Toronto Printers Union lobbied for a shorter work week. To learn more about the history of labour day in Canada, read the article The First Labour Day.

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