Taking a step back in time: Ontario’s ESA turns 50 years oldOriginal document held unique provisions for females working nightsBy Sheila Brawn06/01/2019|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 05/23/2019 This year, Ontario’s employment standards legislation marks a milestone. It has reached the half-century mark.On Jan. 1, 1969, the provincial government implemented the Employment Standards Act, 1968. The new legislation consolidated other acts that addressed working conditions such as hours of work, vacations, and minimum wages, bringing employment standards rules together in one act for the first time in Ontario. Compared to today’s legislation, the original ESA was short, with only 39 sections. (There are more than 140 now.) The original act did not address leaves of absence, terminations, or severance pay. They would come later. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.