Ministry of Labour

It's Your Job

Keep new and young workers safe

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) sets out the rights and duties of all parties in the workplace. It establishes procedures for dealing with workplace hazards and it provides for enforcement of the law where compliance has not been achieved voluntarily by workplace parties.

Keep them safe!

New and young workers are much more likely to be injured on the job. Young workers and new workers of any age are often keen to learn and can bring new ideas and energy to your workplace. However, young workers often can't recognize health and safety hazards and may hesitate to ask questions.

Under the OHSA, employers must:

Supervisors' obligations under the OHSA include the duty to:

Be a leader in workplace health and safety! Encourage these best practices:

Bottom line

Employers and supervisors play a vital role in the safety of everyone in your workplace. Be a role model for new and young workers starting out. Be a leader in workplace health and safety.

Call 1-877-202-0008 toll-free anytime to report critical injuries, fatalities, work refusals or other concerns. Call 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, for general inquiries about workplace health and safety.

In an emergency, always call 911 immediately.

(TTY: 1-855-653-9260 )

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It's your job to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.

Ministry of Labour

It's Your Job

Treat new and young workers fairly

The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) sets minimum standards for things like pay, work hours and time off. Most workplaces in Ontario must follow this law and employee rights are the same whether employees work full-time or part-time.

Fairness for all workers

Working time, rest and eating periods

There are limits to the number of hours employees can be required or allowed to work. They are also entitled to a certain number of hours free from work and to eating periods. Overtime is payable after 44 hours in most jobs. Overtime pay is at least 1.5 times the normal hourly rate. Learn more about hours of work.


Employees should have a regular pay period and payday. They should also receive a wage statement (pay stub) that includes gross and net wage, pay period and wage rate, if applicable. Deductions, such as EI, CPP and taxes must be noted. Learn more about payment of wages.

Minimum wage

$11.25/hour is the regular minimum wage. $10.55/hour is the minimum for students under 18 years if they work fewer than 28 hours a week when school is in session or if they work during a school holiday. $9.80/hour is the rate for liquor servers. Learn more about minimum wage.

Public holidays

There are nine public holidays in Ontario. Generally, employees may have these days off work with public holiday pay. Learn more about public holidays.

When a job ends

After working continuously for three months, most employees must receive advance notice in writing and/or termination pay when you end their employment. The amount of notice depends on how long they have worked for you.

Although you need not provide a reason for ending an employee's employment, it cannot be in reprisal for things such as asking about Employment Standards rights or refusal to work in excess of the daily and weekly hours of work maximums. Learn more about termination of employment.

Learn more:

416-326-7160 (Greater Toronto Area)

1-800-531-5551 (Toll-free)

1-866-567-8893 (TTY for hearing impaired)

It's your job to follow the Employment Standards Act.

Note: This document is provided for your information and convenience only. It is not legal advice. For complete information, please refer to the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and its regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.