Employment Rules

Employment Rules Resources for Franchises

What is the purpose of this Tool Kit?

In the wake of Ontario Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 receiving Royal Assent in late 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Labour launched a new grants program that provides funding to eligible organization for initiatives designed to help educate employers on their obligations under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA).

The key objective of the Employment Standards Training and Employment Program (ESTEP) grant is to expand the scope of the Ministry of Labour’s existing education and outreach efforts by funding external organizations to develop programs aimed at educating employees and employers on both their rights and obligations under Ontario’s new labour and employment laws. Given that many of franchised businesses were affected by the recent changes, the CFA understands the difficulties business are facing in this climate, and believe we are well positioned to help you navigate the new employment landscape.

CFA launched their Employment Standards and Education Program for Ontario Franchised Businesses program shortly after our 2018 National Convention, and including this Tool Kit, CFA offers articles, webinars, presentations and other materials to help make the employment standards and labour laws of Ontario more accessible and easier to understand and navigate for our members, their employees, and the greater public.


The Employment Standards Act, 2000 provides the minimum standards for most employees working in Ontario. It sets out the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in most Ontario workplaces.

This guide should not be used as or considered legal advice. You may have greater rights under an employment contract, collective agreement, or other legislation. This Tool Kit is a source of information about key sections of the ESA that affect our members the most. It is meant to assist you, but is not as detailed as the ESA legislation. If you have questions or concerns regarding the rights and/or obligations of your employees or employers, please consult with a labour lawyer.

To help you and your franchisees better understand your Employment Standards Act (ESA) obligations, the CFA is hosting a number of free online and live events. Here’s what we have coming up:

Upcoming Sebinar: Employment Standards Education Program: Part 2 – Monetary

Date: Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
Location: 180 Dundas St. West, Suite 1200
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z8
Presenter: Louis Sokolov, Sotos LLP

Join Louis Sokolov of Sotos LLP for a free seminar at his firm’s downtown Toronto office. This invaluable presentation will profile an overview of the monetary aspects of the Employment Standards Act, such as payment of wages, minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, public holidays and more.

Note: Registration for this event is limited to 20 registrants and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

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