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Nova Scotia to increase access to pregnancy/parental leave in 2015

On September 2, 2013, Premier Darrell Dexter announced plans to amend the Labour Standards Code to allow someone employed for six months with an employer to qualify for pregnancy/parental leave. That would guarantee the right to return to the same job or a comparable one. Right now, employees have to be in a job for a year before their job is protected.

We want to make life better for families in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Dexter. “We need to do a better job supporting young working families so they can continue to contribute to our economy and grow their family.”

The federal government requires people to work at least 600 hours in a year to qualify for parental employment insurance benefits. The hours can be full-time, which works out to 15 weeks, part-time or other flexible work arrangements.

This change would more closely align Labour Standard Code rules with those of the federal government. The change is expected to be in place by 2015. Of course, whether or not this happens will largely depend on the outcome of the recently announced provincial election.

Amery Boyer
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Amery Boyer

Amery Boyer, CHRP, MBA is a Human Resources professional with extensive experience in human resources, staffing and employee relations for both the private and public sectors and various levels of governments. She was a contributing editor of The Human Resources Advisor, Atlantic edition published by First Reference. Read more

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