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Family Caregiver Leave

Working families is more than political platitude for employers

Statistics show that the duty to accommodate employees on the basis of family status is an issue which will become a critical one over the coming years for almost all employees and employers.

 

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Turning over a new leave: ESA amendments introduce new, significant categories of leaves

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2014 saw the introduction of three new leaves protected under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”).  These new leaves can result in significant absences from the workplace, which will create new human resources challenges for employers.  Professionals engaged in workforce management and HR must be aware of these new obligations to employees in order to avoid accidental breaches of the ESA.

 

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Reminder: Update your policies for three new job-protected leaves for families

On October 29, 2014, three new job-protected leaves come into force under the Ontario Employment Standards Act.

 

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New leaves coming under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act

On April 29, 2014, Bill 21, the Employment Standards Amendments Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2014, received royal assent and will come into force six months after assent, on October 29, 2014.

 

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New provisions for family caregiver leave

On December 8, 2011, the Ontario Liberal Government introduced Bill 30, entitled the Family Caregiver Act. This Act intends to create an additional entitlement to a leave of absence from work while the employee’s job is protected. The proposed Act will provide for an unpaid leave of absence for up to eight weeks to allow an employee to care for a sick relative.

 

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New Ontario family caregiver leave

Building on the existing Family Medical Leave under the Employment Standards Act, the Ontario government is planning to expand the protected leave from work by allowing caregivers to spend more time with family members who cannot care for themselves because of serious injury or illness including cancer or stroke.

 

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