Monday, 16 September 2013 00:47

Ministry of Labour | Employment Standards Retail Services Blitz

From October to December 2013, the Ministry of Labour will conduct an employment standards blitz focusing on retail services.  Examples of businesses that would be included in the blitz are:

  • Gas stations
  • Convenience stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Outlet stores
  • Stores located in shopping malls and strip malls

These inspections will focus on employment standards related to public holidays, vacation pay, hours of work, overtime, and the posting of the mandatory “What You Should Know About the Employment Standards Act, 2000” poster. Although these are the focus, violations of other employment standards will be addressed if identified.

The goal of these proactive inspections is to ensure compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and its regulations, and to educate employers about their obligations.

Blitz Focus & Key Educational Resources:

The following is a summary of some of the key employment standards issues that officers will focus on during the blitz:

  1. Public Holidays

Employment Standards Workbook: Public Holidays

  1. Vacation Pay

Employment Standards Workbook: Vacation

  1. Mandatory display of the Employment Standards poster

Employment Standards Workbook: The ESA Poster

(visit to download the latest version)

  1. Hours of Work

Employment Standards Workbook: Hours of Work

  1. Overtime

Employment Standards Workbook: Overtime


Additional Information:

For more information about inspections, please view the video “What to Expect During an Employment Standards Inspection” (the video transcript is available in multiple languages).

For detailed information on each of the five standards referenced above (and more), please visit

To access the ministry’s suite of interactive online tools and calculators, visit to assist with ESA compliance.

Download a copy of our Tools, Calculators & Resources Tip Sheet here and our What Businesses Need to Know Information Sheet here.

The ministry produces educational resources in 23 languages in addition to English and French. To access our multilingual resources visit

Workplace parties with questions about their employment standards rights and responsibilities can call the ministry’s toll-free number and receive service in 23 languages – from Arabic to Vietnamese – at 1-800-531-5551

If you have any further questions please contact:

Gunjan Kewalramani
Education, Outreach, and Partnership Advisor
Employment Practices Branch | Ministry of Labour
416.212.6640 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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