Does my employer have to give me my job back after my maternity leave ends?

Your employer is prohibited from firing you because you are pregnant or take maternity or parental leave. Under the BC Employment Standards Act (ESA), as soon as your leave ends, your employer must place you in the position you held before you went on leave, or in a comparable position, unless the employer’s operations have been suspended or discontinued. (Note that some employees working in British Columbia are not subject to the ESA; if you are uncertain whether the ESA applies to you, consult the Employment Standards Branch or an employment law lawyer.)


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