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Title: harassment
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Ontario's laws say that harassment happens when someone says or does things that they know or should know will bother you. This could be because they are offensive, embarrassing, humiliating, demeaning, or not welcome.

Harassment can include sending emails, posting materials or pictures, making jokes or other comments about:

  • your race, gender identity, gender expression, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or age
  • things like the way you dress, how you talk, or your religious practices

Harassment that goes against human rights laws is a kind of discrimination. Harassment is also against the laws about workers' health and safety.

Title: harassment
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Ontario’s laws say that harassment happens when someone says or does things that they know, or should know, will bother you. This could be because what is said or done is offensive, embarrassing, humiliating, demeaning, or not welcome. This usually has to happen more than once to be considered harassment, but a single incident can be considered harassment if it causes you to feel very uncomfortable.

Harassment can include sending emails, posting materials or pictures, making jokes or other comments about:

  • your race, gender identity, gender expression, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or age
  • things like the way you dress, how you talk, or your religious practices
  • in housing law, if you are receiving social assistance
  • in employment law, your record of criminal offences

Harassment like this goes against human rights laws and is a kind of discrimination. For example, if an employer harasses you because of your record of criminal offences or a landlord harasses you because you are on welfare.

Harassment is also against the laws that protect a workers’ health and safety, and the laws that protect tenants. 

Title: hearing
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A hearing is a formal proceeding that takes place in a courtroom. During the proceeding, evidence and arguments are presented. A judge or justice of the peace makes a decision based on the evidence and arguments.

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The Highway Traffic Act includes Ontario’s laws related to traffic, highways, and other issues related to transportation.

Title: holiday pay
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In most jobs, people get public holidays off with holiday pay. To figure out your holiday pay:

  • add up your regular wages, plus vacation pay that is payable to you, for the 4 work weeks before the work week with the holiday in it
  • divide that total by 20
Title: home study
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A home study is an assessment written by an adoption worker that says whether an individual, or a couple, will be suitable to parent an adopted child. The report has many details about the adoptive parents. For example, their values, beliefs, personalities, experience with children and adoption, education, and work experience. It also says what type of child the worker thinks is suitable for the parents.

The home study has to be current. This means it has to be updated whenever there is an important change. For example, if an adoptive parent changes their job or is diagnosed with a serious disease.

Title: homeworker
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Under the Employment Standards Act, homeworkers are employees who do work out of their own homes for an employer. Examples of homework are sewing, stuffing envelopes, online research, answering calls for a call centre, and telemarketing.

Title: house arrest
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House arrest is one of the conditions that an arrested or convicted person may have to follow. If you’ve been placed on house arrest, you must stay in your home at all times, unless your court order includes exceptions to this rule. For example, your recognizance may say that you must stay at home unless you’re in the direct and continuous company of your surety. This means your surety must be with you at all times.

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A hybrid offence is a criminal offence that can be treated as an indictable offence or summary offence. The Crown prosecutor decides how the offence will be treated. This decision is based on the seriousness and the harm caused by the offence. If the Crown decides to treat the offence as an indictable offence, the accused person has the right to ask for a jury trial in the Superior Court of Justice. Some examples of hybrid offences are simple assault, sexual assault, and stealing something worth less than $5,000.

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