Nova Scotia considers greater access to compassionate care

Changes would bring definition of family member in line with federal law
||Last Updated: 08/01/2007

Soon more Nova Scotians won't have to choose between their jobs or caring for a dying loved one, if the public supports the province's proposal to expand its compassionate care legislation.

Under the current legislation, an employee can apply for up to eight weeks of unpaid leave to care for a gravely ill family member, defined as a spouse or common law partner, child or step child, parent or parent-in-law.

The legislation protects the employee's job and the employee can apply for the federal compassionate care employment insurance benefit that provides up to six weeks of EI.