Category: Leaves of Absence

Employer Obligations: Pregnancy and Parental Leaves

By , May 1, 2017 2:10 pm

We often get calls from employers asking about their rights and obligations toward employees seeking pregnancy and parental leaves. Applicable Legislation About 90% of employees are provincially regulated and in Ontario the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”) is the governing legislation. For more information about the ESA, click here. Federally regulated employers such as banks, Continue Reading…

Disability Insurance and the Uncooperative Employee

By , April 13, 2016 10:00 am

Do you have an employee who is absent because of a medical issue, but will not provide the necessary paperwork to a third-party disability insurance provider? We often get calls from frustrated employers who are unsure how to proceed when such a situation arises. A 2015 case from the Ontario Superior Court offers employers some Continue Reading…

The Cost Of Terminating an Employee Who Has Recently Returned to Work Following a Pregnancy Leave

By , January 27, 2015 10:09 am

Pregnant employees have special rights under the Employment Standards Act and the Human Rights Code. And most judges are sympathetic to the problems that women face when they return to work following a pregnancy leave. A recent case is a good example of what not to do when an employee returns to work following a Continue Reading…

Top 10 Employment Law Stories of 2014

By , December 9, 2014 2:02 am

The end of the year is nigh… And Ontario looks a little bit different…at least, from an employment law perspective. More and more, Canadians are taking legal matters into their own hands and 2014 gave employees the power to do so in a faster way than ever before. As mental health issues are becoming more common in the workforce, Continue Reading…

Employment Standards Act Update: Employees get more time off to care for children starting October 29, 2014

By , July 24, 2014 2:30 pm

On April 29, 2014, the Ontario government gave employers six months notice that employees would be entitled to three new family care leaves on October 29, 2014. The following blog discusses these predominantly child care leaves, and what implications they have for small businesses. Family Caregiver leave This leave is different from the emergency caregiver Continue Reading…

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