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If you're going to have a baby or adopt a child, Ontario law says that you can take time off work without losing your job. This is called taking a leave. For information about pregnancy leave, which is for women who are pregnant or who have just...
If you're going to have a baby, Ontario law says that you can take time off work without losing your job. This is called taking a leave. For information about parental leave, which is for new birth parents and adopting parents, see I'm going to be a...
If you need 10 days or less, you might be able to take personal emergency leave. If you need to be away more than 10 days and you're covered by Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) you might be able to take: family caregiver leave family...
Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) calls time off for illnesses and other personal emergencies "personal emergency leave". You have the right to personal emergency leave if: you're covered by the ESA, and you work for a company that regularly...
In most jobs, you have the right to get public holidays off work with holiday pay. Some people call them statutory holidays. Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) has minimum standards that employers must follow. This includes rules about public...
Parenting coordination is an alternative dispute resolution process where partners meet with a parenting coordinator, for help with following the parts of their court order, family arbitration award, or separation agreement that are about parenting...
Mediation-arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process that uses mediation and arbitration to try to resolve legal issues without going to court. It is sometimes called "med-arb". Mediation-arbitration is voluntary. This means that you...
Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process where you and your partner meet with an arbitrator to resolve your legal issues without going to court. Arbitration is voluntary. This means that you and your partner have to agree to work...
Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process where you and your partner meet with a mediator to resolve your legal issues without going to court. Mediation is voluntary. This means that you and your partner have to agree to work with a...
Collaborative family law, sometimes called collaborative practice, is an alternative dispute resolution process where you and your partner work together to resolve your legal issues out of court with the help of your own collaborative family lawyers...
Negotiation means trying to make an agreement with your partner by talking about your legal issues. There are different ways that you can negotiate. For example, you and your partner can: meet in person talk over the phone write letters or emails...
You may need to start a family law court case to resolve your legal issues after you separate or divorce. But there are other options to help resolve legal issues without going to court. You can discuss your issues with your partner on your own, or...
Discrimination is against the law. According to the Ontario Human Rights Code, discrimination in housing means being treated unfairly because of your: race, colour, or ethnic background birthplace or citizenship religion age (if you are at least 18...
Ontario's Human Rights Code says that if a tenant has a disability, landlords must try to "accommodate" their disability. This means landlords must take away barriers for people with disabilities. They might have to make physical changes to the...
Human rights laws say that employers must not discriminate against you. And if other workers discriminate against you, your employer must take steps to make them stop. If harassment goes against your human rights it is a kind of discrimination. This...
Usually, the answer is no. Ontario's human rights laws make it difficult for employers to force workers to get tested to show if they used drugs or alcohol at work or before coming to work. An employer is not supposed to test workers just to find...
It depends on why they're asking and what kind of information they want. Asking about a criminal record An employer can ask you if you've been convicted of a crime that you have not been given a record suspension for. A record suspension used to be...
If an employer discriminates against you in a way that goes against Ontario's human rights laws, you might be able to make a claim against the employer. You do this with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The Tribunal could order the employer to...
Ontario's human rights laws say that everyone has the right to be treated equally and not be discriminated against at work. This means that your employer must do what they can to make things fair for you. This could mean doing things differently for...
Ontario's human rights laws say that everyone has the right to be treated equally and not be discriminated against at work. This means that your employer must do what they can to make things fair for you. This could mean doing things differently for...
If an employer discriminates against you in a way that goes against Ontario's human rights laws, you might be able to make a claim against the employer. You do this with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The Tribunal could order the employer to...
Human rights laws say that employers must not discriminate against you. And if other workers discriminate against you, your employer must take steps to make them stop. If harassment goes against your human rights it is a kind of discrimination. This...
In most cases, your employer must give you notice in writing if you're fired. There are 2 ways that an employer can give you notice: Your employer can tell you ahead of time. The amount of time can depend on many things, including how long you've...
Yes, in some situations, like the ones below. Temporary layoff Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) says you can be laid off without getting any notice of termination if the layoff is temporary. For example, your employer might not have enough...
Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) has minimum standards that employers must follow. This includes rules about hours of work and breaks. In most jobs, you get at least 30 minutes off after every 5 hours of work. Your employer does not have to...