Ontario workers get 3 new leaves

Employers need to update policies to incorporate new family-related leaves
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 09/30/2014

 Workers in Ontario will soon have three new unpaid leaves of absence under the province’s Employment Standards Act.

On Oct. 29, legislation will come into effect allowing employees to take time off work to provide care for a family member with a serious medical condition, to care for a critically ill child or if their child disappears or dies because of a probable crime.

Ontario is one of a number of jurisdictions to legislate similar leaves. In Quebec, employees with at least three months of service are allowed to take up to 12 weeks off in a 12-month period to stay with a specified family member who suffers a serious illness or accident. For a child under 18 years old with a serious, possibly life-threatening illness, the employee may extend the leave to up to 104 weeks.