Employers subject to provincial legislation (i.e., not federal employers) that have employees in Ontario often ask about legislative requirements under various employment statutes, including mandatory policies, training and postings under the Employment Standards Act, 2000, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, the Pay Equity Act, and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017. To make this information conveniently available, the Littler Toronto office assembled these requirements in a single publication. This year, the publication also includes links to Ontario government requirements (e.g., mandatory safety plan requirement for certain businesses, and health screening requirement for workers upon entry to the workplace, and essential visitors) and guidelines regarding COVID-19 and workplace health and safety and sector-specific resources (safety guidelines, tips, and posters) to help employers protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 in Ontario.

We have prepared an update to this publication dated February 24, 2021 (7th edition), as Ontario released new and updated guidance to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace for businesses that are required to have a written safety plan, including all businesses operating during a lockdown or shutdown.

Click here to read the updated February 2021 version.

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