Compassionate care top-ups very rare

With aging population, employees will need greater support, say experts
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/06/2011

In 2004, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) started topping up the employment insurance benefits for employees on compassionate care leave.

It’s one reason the Crown corporation has received national recognition as a top employer for families, said TamaraErhardt, vice-president of human resources and corporate services at SGI in Regina.

“We believe that it’s important to allow people who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who’s gravely ill, and we feel we need to provide benefits that allow employees to achieve a comfortable work-life balance in those types of circumstances.”