HR professionals supportive of caregiver leave

Requests for leave increasing with aging population: Survey
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/13/2012

Last summer, Cheryl Berst’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. To care for her, Berst considered taking family medical leave, which allows Ontario employees to take up to eight weeks of unpaid job leave to care for a seriously ill family member.

However, Berst would have had to split the leave with her four siblings, so the family decided against it.

“It’s not a leave you each get an entitlement to — you can share it, so one does the two-week waiting period and the rest of us would split the leftover six weeks so, really, how would that have benefited any of us?” said Berst, HR and safety advisor at 135-employee Thunder Bay Hydro in Thunder Bay, Ont.