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Ontario. Ministry of Labour
Employment Standards Branch
|Location, Telephone & Internet|
|Address & Map|
|Located In Community||Hamilton Central|
|Major Intersection||James St S and King St W|
|Toll Free Phone||* General Information (recorded messages) 1-800-531-5551 |
* For clients of the Hamilton office 1-800-263-6906
|Bus Routes||(1) KING ; (4) BAYFRONT ; (5) DELAWARE - STONEY CREEK ; (7) LOCKE ; (8) YORK ; (9) ROCK GARDENS ; (10) B-LINE ; (34) UPPER PARADISE ; (51) UNIVERSITY|
|Description & Services|
|Description||This branch is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Employment Standards Act, Industrial Standards Act, Employment Agencies Act, and the Ontario Government Fair Wage Schedules. |
* The Employment Standards Act
Provides for minimum terms and conditions of employment, called employment standards. It sets out the maximum number of hours which can be worked in the day or week; creates a minimum wage; requires overtime pay of at least one and a half times the employee's regular rate; and establishes paid public holidays. The Act also requires equal pay for equal work; prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, age or marital status in employer-provided benefit plans; institutes an entitlement to pregnancy leave; forbids lie detector testing; obligates an employer to provide notice of termination or pay in lieu thereof; and, in certain cases, imposes a separate liability for severance pay.
* The Industrial Standards Act
Employees and employers may jointly request a schedule of working conditions for their particular industry. The schedule must be prepared and accepted by both groups and approved by the Ministry, in order to become the standard for that industry or trade in a designated zone. Any properly defined industry may take advantage of the legislation.
* The Fair Wage Schedule
Ensures that employees working on government projects in the construction, building cleaning and security guard industries receive fair labour rates.
* The Employment Agencies Act
Provides for the licencing and regulation of employment agencies in Ontario, with respect to dealings with job applicants who use their services to obtain employment. All agencies engaged in 'permanent' placement must apply and qualify for a licence before undertaking any recruitment activity.
|Hours||Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm|
|Areas Served||Brant County ; Halton Region ; Hamilton (City of)|
|Languages||English ; French|
|Service Categories||Labour Standards and Practices|
|Alternate Name||Minimum Wage|