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Manitoba extending health coverage to seasonal workers; New job leave for parents in Yukon
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/04/2013

Manitoba extending health coverage to seasonal workers

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is ensuring workers participating in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program have provincial health coverage while working in the province. Effective this summer, these workers are eligible for Manitoba health coverage — waiving wait times for eligibility — which is consistent with the approach used in Saskatchewan. There are between 300 and 400 workers who come from Mexico and Caribbean countries to do seasonal agricultural work in Manitoba every year. Currently, they are required to have health insurance through a private insurer and pay out-of-pocket for it.

New job leave for parents in Yukon

WHITEHORSE — Parents who need to take time off work to care for a critically ill child or deal with the trauma of a murdered or missing child will be protected from job loss with the passing of amendments to Yukon’s Employment Standards Act. The amendments provide job protection provisions and enable parents to take leaves of absence, without pay, to access new federal benefit programs created for these circumstances. Parents are eligible for up to 35 weeks’ leave.

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