News Briefs (June 17, 2002)

|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/05/2003


Quebec City

— A consultation paper prepared for the Quebec government recommends enacting labour standards that recognize workers’ family responsibilities for family other than underage children. One proposal would give workers 10 days off a year to care for family members, including parents or a spouse. Currently workers can only miss five days per year and only to take care of a child. The government is also looking at increasing the minimum weekly rest period. Right now workers are entitled to 24 consecutive hours off every week but that could be increased to 32 consecutive hours. “Twenty-four hours of rest doesn’t leave enough time to do anything else except going home, eating, sleeping and taking care of life’s daily necessities,” the consultation paper states.