Ontario considers new family-related leaves of absence under the ESA

Proposed amending legislation to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, introduced this week by Ontario’s government will, if passed, result in three new unpaid, job-protected leaves:

1. Family Caregiver Leave is up to 8 weeks of leave for employees to provide care and support to a family member with a serious medical condition. A doctor’s note will be required. This leave creates a separate entitlement from the current Family Medical Leave in the Act.

2. Critically Ill Child Care Leave is up to 37 weeks of leave to provide care to a critically ill child upon provision of a doctor’s note. This leave is intended to complement new benefits under the federal Helping Families In Need Act.

3.  Crime-Related Child Death and Disappearance Act is up to 52 weeks of leave for parents of a missing child and up to 104 weeks of leave for parents of a child who has died as a result of a crime. As above, this leave is intended to complement benefits available under the federal Helping Families In Need Act.

We will keep you updated on the progress of this legislation.

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