The recent increase to Employment Insurance benefits for Compassionate Care Leave from 8 weeks to 28 weeks has given most employees in Canada the ability to care for seriously ill loved ones without jeopardizing their employment for up to 28 weeks. In addition to compassionate care leave most provinces also provide for critically-ill child care leave and some family responsibility leave enabling employees to cover the periods of illness of family members. So why don’t most provinces offer the same job protection to sick employees?
Compassionate Care Leave
As the first blog post of the year, I thought it apt to first wish everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and second, to take the opportunity to take a quick look back and a long look forward at what might be coming down the road this year in human resources policy.
Sections 242 to 248 and 250 of the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 (formerly Bill C-31) came into force October 12, 2014. These sections allow employees who are on leave and receiving compassionate care leave (CCB) or parents of critically ill children (PCIC) employment insurance benefits to be able to switch to EI sickness benefits if he or she falls ill or is injured. If applicable, claimants could also potentially resume collecting their CCB or PCIC benefits.
This change is to recognize that, when a person is sick or injured, he or she may not be able to provide care or support to their gravely ill family member or critically ill child. The change applies to all EI eligible claimants, including self-employed persons who have opted into the EI program.
Claimants requesting to switch from their claim for CCB or PCIC benefits to sickness will be required to … Continue reading “Access to sickness benefits while receiving compassionate care and critically ill children Employment Insurance benefits”