Understanding the Employment Standards Act (ESA)


The Employment Standards Act (ESA) provides the minimum standards that all employers must comply with. The purpose of this e-learning program is to provide a summary of the minimum standards and responsibilities of employers in Ontario workplaces.

Intended Audience

Employers, Managers, Supervisors, HR Professionals


Approx. 1 hr 45 min

  • An introduction to the ESA
    • Who is covered under the ESA?
    • Posting and distribution of information
    • Record Keeping
  • Sections of the ESA
    • Payment of Wages
    • Hours of Work
    • Overtime
    • Vacation Pay and Vacation Time
    • Public Holidays
    • Leaves of Absence
    • Termination of Employment
    • Severance
    • Temporary Layoffs
    • Equal Pay for Equal Work
  • Enforcement of the ESA
    • Reprisals
    • Enforcement Blitzes, Audits and Complaints
    • Penalties and Fines
  • Understand the purpose of the Employment Standards Act and who is responsible for enforcement of the Act and Regulations
  • Understand the rights and obligations of employers, supervisors and employees under the ESA

Upon completion of the program and passing a final, multiple-choice exam, learners will be provided with a certificate of completion that can be downloaded and printed for their records.