New Brunswick looking to change employment standards

Leave amendments to be introduced after 60-day consultation
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/08/2018
Legislation, benefits, payroll
New Brunswick has introduced amendments to the Employment Standards Act that would include domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence leave, and also update unpaid leave provisions. Shutterstock

New Brunswick has introduced amendments to the Employment Standards Act that would include domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence leave, and also update unpaid leave provisions.

“Modernizing our employment standards legislation is essential to maintain a competitive labour market and improve the quality of life of hard-working New Brunswickers,” said Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage. “Ensuring job protection for those who need to leave work to take care of themselves or a family member contributes to a healthy workforce.”

The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour will conduct a 60-day consultation, after which the government will introduce regulatory amendments based on the feedback received.

Updating unpaid leave protections in the act to reflect changes to the federal Employment Insurance Act, which took effect on Dec. 3, 2017, would facilitate access to federal income support programs for workers who take maternity, child care, family caregiver or critical illness leave.

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