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Is my employer allowed to fire me while I am on maternity leave?

While it may be surprising to hear this, the answer is yes. Having said this, although you may be fired during your maternity leave, the fact that you are on…

What information can my employer request from me while I am on sick leave?

Generally, an employer cannot directly ask about an employee’s diagnosis when they are taking sick leave; however, the employer is entitled to information that would assist the employer with determining…

Does my employer have to pay me while I am on sick leave?

No, your employer is not required to pay you while you are on sick leave. In Ontario, employees are entitled to three (3) full days of unpaid sick leave every…

What can I do if I am being discriminated against at work?

Ontario’s Human Rights Code, the province’s human rights legislation, protects employees from being discriminated against for certain reasons by their employers. Employers cannot discriminate against you because of your: (1)…

When can an employer ask for a police record check?

The Ontario Police Record Checks Reform Act was specifically designed to standardize the process of obtaining criminal record checks and to prevent the disclosure of unnecessary information. This Act provides…

Can a potential employer ask me if I have a criminal record?

In Ontario, the Police Record Checks Reform Act sets out the parameters in which employers may ask about your criminal record. This greatly depends on why the employer is asking…

What can a potential employer ask me in an interview?

In Ontario, the Ontario Human Rights Code (“the Code”) protects a potential candidate from human rights violations that can arise as part of the hiring process. Interviews are intended to…

Can I be fired for taking too many sick days?

Employees in Ontario are entitled to a minimum of three (3) personal illness days per calendar year under the Employment Standards Act. Employers must accommodate their employees’ needs to take…

Can my employer force me to return to work against the advice of my doctor?

No. It is not for your employer to determine whether you can work or not. An employer cannot require you to do something that is contrary to the opinion of…