Our company has many technical and challenging roles to replace/fill when an employee goes on leave and we would like to have as much notice as possible (exceeding the 2 weeks’ notice required by legislation) prior to the employee starting the maternity leave.
Can we do that? What would be the most we can request?
This comes from our payroll expert, Alan McEwan, and assumes you’re subject to Ontario ESA rather than federal Canada Labour Code regulation:
No, the employer can’t impose a requirement for greater notice than 2 weeks.
Also, note that the minimum 2 weeks notice does not apply in all circumstances.
For example, if a birth is early or if an adoption suddenly becomes available, an employee may give notice after the fact of starting a leave.