Policies and Posters in Ontario Businesses

The Ministry of Labour in Ontario is stepping up its inspection and enforcement of a couple of relatively new requirements of the Employment Standards Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act. The requirements are commonly referred to as “the poster” requirements.

All businesses must post the Ministry of Labour Poster that informs employees about their rights under the Employment Standard’s Act and provide employees with their own copy. This can be by either hard copy or via email. The poster can be found here: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pdf/poster.pdf

All businesses must also post the Occupational Health & Safety Act Poster found here: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pdf/poster_prevention.pdf

In addition to the poster, businesses must post a copy of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Finally, companies must post a copy of their Health & Safety Policy and are required to review this annually. Our firm provides these policies as part of the Company Handbooks we create for clients: this ensures all of their compliance documents are in one place.

While not required to be posted, there are many other required policies for businesses in Ontario. If you don’t have them, feel free to reach out to discuss our flat fee to create these documents for you.

Inga B. Andriessen JD