Consistent with a growing trend to extend statutory protections to employees who are required to be absent from work to tend to child or eldercare obligations, the Ontario Minister of Labour has proposed amendments to the Employment Standards Act which would introduce a number of new leave provisions.
If passed, Bill 21 – the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families) 2013 – would create the following unpaid leaves for eligible employees (in most cases requiring at least 6 months’ service), which are in addition to the family medical leave currently available:
In all cases, employees would be required to advise their employer in writing of the need for the leave, to be taken in full weeks. If not possible to advise the employer in advance of taking the leave, the employee would be required to provide notice “as soon as possible” after beginning the leave.
The proposed amendment has passed the second reading and is currently being debated by the Legislature. If passed, the amendments would come into effect six months after receiving Royal Assent.
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