New employee leaves now in effect

Legislative changes in Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 02/01/2018
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Federally regulated Aboriginal employees will soon be allowed to take time off work, without pay, each year to take part in traditional practices such as hunting, fishing, and harvesting. Credit: Jukka Jantunen (Shutterstock)

Leave for domestic violence. Personal/family responsibility leave. Critical illness leave. Leave for traditional aboriginal practices. Citizenship ceremony leave. These are just some of the new leaves with which payroll professionals in several Canadian jurisdictions must now familiarize themselves.

Over the last couple of months, governments in Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan have implemented new leaves under their employment standards laws. The federal government has also recently passed amendments to the Canada Labour Code (CLC) that, once in force, will allow federally regulated employees to take new leaves of absence.

Like other leaves permitted under employment standards, employers must allow eligible employees to take time off for the new leaves. They are also prohibited from dismissing, suspending or otherwise punishing employees for taking them.