What You Need to Know About Recent Changes to the Employment Standards Act: Policies, Exemptions, and More

  • February 15, 2023
  • Rob Richler

In the ever-changing world of Ontario employment Law the past year has been even busier than most. There have been many changes which will have long lasting effects on employees in Ontario.

This chart summarizes some recent changes.

Effective Date

New Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) Requirement or Change

June 2, 2022

Written Policy on Disconnecting from Work requirement a.k.a. Right to Disconnect Policy (ESA Part VII.0.1 s.21.1)

July 30, 2022

Infectious Disease Emergency Leave ended

October 25, 2022

Written Policy on Electronic Monitoring (ESA Part XI.1 s.41.1)

January 1, 2023

Business and IT consultants become exempt from the ESA (if meet criteria)

March 31, 2023

Covid related Paid sick leave ends


Temporary Help Agency and Recruiter rules

Let's delve into these developments bit further.