In December 2011, the Minister of Labour proposed an amendment to the Ontario Employment Standards Act to help family caregivers. The Family Caregiver Leave, if passed, would build on the existing Family Medical Leave to provide up to 8 weeks of unpaid job leave for employees to provide care and support to a sick or injured family member.
The proposed amendments would provide an unpaid leave to employees who are providing care or support to any of the following:
Under the proposed amendment, an employee requesting such leave must advise their employer in writing. On the request of the employer, an employee will also be required to have a medical certificate stating the employee’s family member has a serious medical condition.
Under the Family Caregiver Leave, an employee will be entitled to take up to eight weeks leave per year for each individual described above. Any leave must be taken in periods of entire weeks only.
If passed, this amendment would provide a leave separate from, and in addition to, the current Family Medical Leave which is available when a family member has a serious medical condition with a significant risk of death occurring within 26 weeks.
The proposed amendment is slated to come into force on July 1, 2012.
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