Ontario introduces compassionate care leave legislation

Would allow employees to take up to eight weeks of job-protected leave to care for dying family members
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 12/07/2004

Ontario has introduced legislation that would provide up to eight weeks of job-protected, unpaid time off work for those taking care of a gravely ill family member.

“This legislation, if passed, would provide real, positive change for employees who need to take time off work to care for a family member who is nearing the end of life,” said Chris Bentley, the province’s labour minister. “Our people’s health is our most precious resource. We share a responsibility to protect it from harm and care for it in times of need.”

The Employment Standards Amendment Act (Family Medical Leave), 2004, would provide up to eight weeks of job-protected leave for employees who wish to stay home to care for a gravely ill family member at significant risk of dying within 26 weeks. Anyone in Ontario covered by the Employment Standards Act, 2000, including part-time workers, would be eligible to take this job-protected time off work.