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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…

How much time off does your employer have to give for parental leave?

In Ontario, birth mothers who take pregnancy leave are entitled to take up to 61 weeks of parental leave. All other new parents are entitled to take up to 63…

What is the maximum duration of a pregnancy leave?

In Ontario, pregnancy leave can last a maximum of 17 weeks for most employees. However, if an employee is still pregnant after the full 17 weeks of leave, she may…

When should you inform your employer of your pregnancy?

In Ontario, an employee is required to give their employer a minimum of two (2) weeks written notice before commencing their pregnancy leave. Further, if requested, the employee must also…

What are your rights if the baby is born before the due date?

In Ontario, if the baby is born before the due date, employees are entitled to begin pregnancy leave on the day the baby is born. If you have any further…