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Can an employer dismiss an employee for violating a workplace policy?

In short, yes. An employer can dismiss an employee for violating a workplace policy. The employer must act in good faith when dismissing an employee and ensure the dismissal was…

What is the best way to manage an employee’s disability?

The Employment Standards Act requires employers to make reasonable efforts to alter the workplace so that it is more suitable for the employee’s needs in relation to their physical or…

What should be included in an employment contract?

Employment contracts often set out the following terms of employment: Compensation (including any applicable bonus structure) Hours of work Requirements of the role Reference to applicable employment policies Included or…

What is the difference between severance pay and termination pay?

Severance pay refers to a specific payment required under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”).  Specifically, the ESA provides that an employer must provide payment to an employee in the…

Can my employment be terminated while on parental leave?

Technically, yes. An employee’s employment may be terminated while on parental leave, however, employers are severely restricted in this regard, specifically because employees are entitled to return to their role…

Do employees accrue vacation over parental leave?

Yes. Employees continue to accrue vacation time while they are on protected leave of absence, which includes pregnancy and parental leave. If you have any further inquiries relating to your…

What obligations do I have if I resign during parental leave?

Employees who intend to resign during or at the end of a parental leave are required to give their employer at least four (4) weeks’ written notice of their resignation.…

Can your employer change your job duties upon return to the workplace from pregnancy and/or parental leave?

Generally, no. Pursuant to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) in Ontario, in most cases, an employee who takes pregnancy and/or parental leave is entitled to: The same role…

What are reasonable accommodations that can be requested from an employer during pregnancy?

Pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”), an employer has the duty to accommodate their pregnant employees to the point of undue hardship. While every individual will have…