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.

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Overview of the Employment Standards Act

DefinitionsRequired PostingsHow the ESA AppliesComplaints and EnforcementCollectionsOffences and ProsecutionsAgreements

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Payment of WagesMinimum WageEmployee Tips & Other GratuitiesRecordsEqual Pay for Equal WorkPublic HolidaysVacation with PayOvertime Pay

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Hours of WorkHours Free from WorkEating Periods and BreaksScheduling

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Leaves of Absence

Sick LeavePregnancy LeaveParental LeaveFamily Responsibility LeaveFamily Medical LeaveCritical Illness LeaveOrgan Donor LeaveReservist LeaveChild Death LeaveCrime Related Child Disappearance LeaveBereavement LeaveDomestic or Sexual Violence LeaveDeclared Emergencies LeaveReprisals

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Continuity of EmploymentBuilding Service ProvidersTermination and SeveranceLiability of DirectorsTemporary Help Agencies

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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. Check back often to see what’s coming up.


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Additional Tools & Resources by Province

British ColumbiaBritish Columbia Employment StandardsQuick Guide for EmployersBritish Columbia Guidelines ManualFact Sheets by Topic

AlbertaSummary of Alberta Employment Standards Code ChangesAlberta Employment Standards Tool KitAlberta Employer Self-Assessment Tool

SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Employment Standards

ManitobaA Guide to Manitoba Employment StandardsFact Sheets by TopicApplications & Forms

OntarioOntario Employment Standards ToolsOntario Employment Standards FormsFact Sheets & Guides by TopicEmployment Standards Laws & Regulations

QuebecQuebec Labour Standards (English | French)Information for Employers (French Only)

New BrunswickNew Brunswick Employment Standards

Nova Scotia Employment StandardsGuide to Nova Scotia Labour Standards CodeNova Scotia Employment Rights

Prince Edward IslandPEI Employment StandardsGuides to PEI Employment StandardsEmployment Standards Information Sessions

Newfoundland & LabradorFrequently Asked Questions

TerritoriesYukonNorthwest TerritoriesNunavut

More employment rules and resources coming soon!

Questions?Contact David Black, Director, Government Relations & Public Relations at dblack@cfa.ca or call 1-800-665-4232 ext. 297.


Thank you to the following members who are National Sponsors and support CFA throughout the year: