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Nova Scotia proposes emergency leave for workers; New law would protect temporary foreign workers and limit stays; Alberta premier and cabinet take pay cuts
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2009

Nova Scotia proposes emergency leave for workers

Halifax — Nova Scotia has proposed amendments to the Labour Standards Code that would allow workers to take a protected, unpaid leave during a national disaster or public health risk to attend to their needs or help a family member. Employers’ and employees’ emergency leave rights and responsibilities would be similar to parental or maternity leaves. At the end of an unpaid emergency leave, employers must take the employee back without loss of benefits or seniority. Employers can ask an employee to provide proof of eligibility for an unpaid leave. If an employer does not take an employee back, the employee could file a complaint with the Department of Labour and Workforce Development. Possible remedies include reinstating the employee or financial compensation.

New law would protect temporary foreign workers and limit stays