News briefs (Dec. 2, 2002)By 12/02/2002|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003 MATERNITY LEAVE INCREASESOttawa — Usage of parental leave options jumped 25 per cent in 2001 in the wake of changes that allow one year off work to care for newborn children. Jane Stewart, Minister of Human Resources Development Canada, said about 216,000 Canadians accessed parental benefits last year, up from the 174,000 in 2000. More than 21,500 men made parental leave claims in 2001 up from 12,000 the year before. Program changes to reduce the number of work hours required to qualify for benefits from 700 to 600 allowed more than 8,200 Canadians to receive leave benefits. HIRING BOOM IN PUBLIC SECTORToronto To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.