paternity leave in ontario

Paternity Leave Ontario Explained

In Ontario, parents have the opportunity to take a job-protected leave of absence, commonly known as 'parental leave,' following the birth or adoption of their child. This includes Paternity leave, specifically designed for fathers, which is increasingly referred to as 'Men's Maternity Leave.' Both terms reflect the evolving understanding and support for fathers who want to take an active role in the early stages of their child's life, emphasizing their importance in the broader context of parental leave Legal Framework Parental...

new years day as a stat holiday in ontario article

Understanding New Year’s Day as a Stat Holiday in Ontario

As the calendar turns to January 1st, not only do we welcome a new year full of possibilities, but in Ontario, we also observe New Year's Day as the first statutory holiday of the year. This day, steeped in symbolism of new beginnings, carries with it particular legal entitlements for employees, governed by Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA). In this guide, we delve into who is entitled to statutory holiday benefits, the exceptions to the rule, and how holiday...

The Working for Workers Four Act 2024 article

The Working for Workers Four Act, 2024: An Overview

Ontario's legislative framework has seen a significant transformation with the enactment of Bill 149, now officially known as the Working for Workers Four Act, 2024 (the Act). This groundbreaking legislation introduces sweeping amendments to various statutes related to employment, labour, and other pivotal matters affecting workers across the province. Here is a look into the key components of the Act and what they signify for both employers and employees in Ontario.  Digital Platform Workers’ Rights Act, 2022  These amendments set a...

Record of Employment ROE FAQs article

Record of Employment (ROE) FAQs

Understanding the Record of Employment (ROE) is essential for both employees and employers dealing with employment changes in Canada. The ROE is a critical document for applying for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and more. To assist you with common concerns and questions, we have compiled a list of FAQs regarding the ROE. These questions cover a wide range of topics, from basic definitions and access methods to detailed explanations about codes and employer responsibilities. Whether you are applying for...

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Understanding Boxing Day and Stat Holiday Pay in Ontario

Boxing Day, celebrated on December 26th, is a holiday with deep historical roots in the United Kingdom and has become a significant event in Canada, including Ontario. Traditionally, it was a day when servants received a "Christmas Box" from their masters. Today, it has evolved into a day marked by post-Christmas sales, shopping, and extended holiday relaxation for many Canadians. When is Boxing Day Celebrated? Boxing Day is observed annually on December 26th. If it falls on a weekend, the following...

Understanding Christmas Day Holiday

Understanding Christmas Day Statutory Holiday

Christmas Day, celebrated on December 25th, is one of the most cherished holidays worldwide, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ in Christian tradition. In Ontario, as in the rest of Canada, it's a time for family, generosity, and joy, embracing both religious significance and cultural festivities. Purpose of Christmas Day The holiday season surrounding Christmas is marked by a spirit of giving, kindness, and community. Beyond its religious roots, Christmas Day in Ontario is a time for gathering with loved ones,...

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Understanding Mandatory Retirement

In the evolving landscape of the Canadian workforce, the concept of mandatory retirement presents a complex interplay of ethical, legal, and societal considerations. As the demographic composition of employees shifts towards an older age bracket, the practice of enforcing retirement at a certain age—often 65—invokes significant debate on the legality and fairness of such policies. This article delves into the intricate dynamics of mandatory retirement, exploring its implications for both employers and employees within the framework of age discrimination...

Workplace Investigations | When Are They Required?

Workplace Investigations: When Are They Necessary?

Maintaining a safe and respectful work environment is crucial for both employees and employers. In Ontario, workplace investigations play a vital role in addressing concerns, allegations, and violations within the workplace.  This article aims to shed light on workplace investigations, outlining what they entail, the rights and responsibilities of employees, and the duties and obligations of employers in Ontario. What are Workplace Investigations? Workplace investigations are formal processes conducted by employers to gather facts and evidence when there are complaints or allegations...

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Understanding Thanksgiving Day and Employment Law

Thanksgiving Day in Canada, celebrated on the second Monday in October, is a cherished holiday that offers a moment for reflection, gratitude, and family gatherings. Unlike its American counterpart, Canadian Thanksgiving is rooted in giving thanks for a successful harvest, reflecting the country's agrarian past. Today, it encompasses broader themes of gratitude for one's blessings, including family, friends, and overall well-being. Purpose of Thanksgiving Day The essence of Thanksgiving Day is to acknowledge the bounty of the past year within a...

federal minimum wage 2024 article

Updates to Canada’s Federal Minimum Wage for 2024

As we step into a new fiscal year, significant changes are on the horizon for workers in federally regulated sectors and in Ontario. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has announced an adjustment to the federal minimum wage, setting it to $17.30 per hour, effective April 1, 2024. This change underscores the government's commitment to ensuring that workers receive fair compensation that keeps pace with the cost of living. This update follows last year's increase when the federal minimum wage...