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.

Background

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:

Employment Standards Education Program: Part 3 – Non-Monetary

Webinar date:  Thursday, January 10, 2019
In-Person Seminar date: Monday, January 28, 2019 (Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP,  2100-40 King St W, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3C2)
Presenter: Laurie Jessome, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

As part of CFA’s Employment Standards and Education Program for Ontario Franchised Businesses, our five-module series of webinars will provide members with up-to-date information on Ontario’s employment standards and labour laws.

Part three will profile an overview of the non-monetary aspects of the Employment Standards Act, such as Hours of Work, Hours Free from Work, Eating Periods and Breaks Scheduling.

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Employment Standards Educational Program: Part 4 – Leaves of Absence

Webinar date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
In-Person Seminar date: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST (Sherrard Kuzz LLP, 250 Yonge St, Suite 3300, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2L7)
Presenter: Matthew Badrov, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

As part of CFA’s Employment Standards and Education Program for Ontario Franchised Businesses, our five-module series of webinars will provide members with up-to-date information on Ontario’s employment standards and labour laws.

Part four will profile an overview of the leave of absence aspects of the Employment Standards Act, such as Personal Emergency Leave, Pregnancy Leave, Parental Leave, Family Caregiver Leave, Family Medical Leave, Critical Illness Leave, Organ Donor Leave, Reservist Leave, Child Death Leave, Crime Related Child, Disappearance Leave, Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave, Declared Emergencies Leave and Reprisals.

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