Labour Relations Code is primarily concerned with regulating relations between
employees who elect union representation and their employers. The provisions of the
Code do not apply to the kinds of problems encountered by employees who deal individually
with their employers.
Employment Standards Act, however, establishes certain minimum standards of
employment for all employees in the province, whether or not they belong to a union.
This act is administered directly by the Ministry of Labour and Citizens' Services
(Employment Standards Branch), not by the Labour Relations Board. The areas covered
by this legislation include minimum wages, hours of work and overtime, annual and general
holidays, notice of termination of employment, maternity leave and payment of wages.
should also be aware that the Human Rights Code addresses a variety of employment
related matters including a prohibition on discrimination in employment based on race,
colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, physical or
mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age. The Human Rights Code
is administered by the Ministry of the Attorney General.
you have any questions about your rights and responsibilities as an employee or an
employer, you may contact the nearest office of the Employment Standards Branch of the
Ministry of Labour and Citizens' Services (addresses at the end of this guide) or the
Government Agent in your area.
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