McGuinty government makes it easier for Ontario workers to understand their rights

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McGuinty government makes it easier for Ontario workers to understand their rights

Promoting Multilingual Brochures On Employment Standards LONDON, ON, Nov. 26 - The McGuinty government is raising awareness of employment standards law among vulnerable workers by making available much- needed information in 21 different languages, London West MPP and Ontario Labour Minister Chris Bentley said today. "The people in the province's diverse workforce want to understand their employment rights and obligations," Bentley said. "That is why we have created clear and concise brochures that explain key aspects of the Employment Standards Act in English, French and 19 other languages." Bentley made today's announcement at The Skill Centre in London, a resource centre providing a range of services including computer and literacy training and employment assistance. This follows the government's previously announced commitment to step up enforcement of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and reach out to vulnerable workers. After consulting with stakeholders and partners, the government has published the first four brochures in a series of multilingual publications on workplace rights: - Your Rights at Work - general information about the Employment Standards Act, 2000 - Protecting Employees - a guide to how employees are protected from reprisals - Claim Your Rights - a step-by-step guide to filing a claim - Leaves of Absence - an introduction to pregnancy, parental, emergency and family medical leaves. In addition to English and French, these brochures are available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, Filipino, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese. "We want to help vulnerable workers, which often includes new Canadians who may not be fluent in English or French, understand their employment rights and obligations," Bentley said. "The government is creating fair workplaces and strong communities through outreach and enforcement." This initiative is part of a larger, ongoing campaign that also includes the new Workplace Gateway website providing easy access to a broad range of information about workplace health and safety and employment standards. The brochures are available from Ministry of Labour offices, including the London North and South District Offices, Government Information Centres, and Publications Ontario, or online at www.gov.on.ca/lab/ Disponible en fran├žais www.gov.on.ca/lab/For further information: Contacts: Peter Fitzpatrick, Minister's Office, (416) 326-7710; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405