Little Substance to Ontario’s New ESA Policy Requirements

The provincial government has made a splash in employment law circles over the last year with headline-grabbing changes to the ESA that require employers with more than 25 workers to come up with policies for “disconnecting from work” and “electronic monitoring” of their employees. However, there is not much substance to either requirement and businesses may benefit from keeping their policies on these subjects simple.

Standard Employment Policies – A Refresher for Ontario Businesses

Carefully drafted employment policies are the foundation for an effective and efficient workplace. These documents give employers the opportunity to set expectations for their workers and manage risks. It is not only the pursuit of a healthy workplace that should motivate businesses to get policies in place, but Ontario law mandates the creation of certain written policies.