Ontario introduces compassionate care leave legislationWould allow employees to take up to eight weeks of job-protected leave to care for dying family membersBy 04/14/2004|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. 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.