Leave rules require payroll’s attention

Legislation has been priority across Canada
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2018

Legislated leaves of absence seem to be a priority for governments across Canada recently. Since late 2017, most jurisdictions have amended their employment standards laws to implement new leaves and enhance existing ones.

In recent months, many governments have increased the length of parental leave, broadened leave for critically ill children to include family members beyond parents, and created a new unpaid leave for employees providing care or support to adult family members. Some have added, or are proposing, a leave for victims of domestic violence.

For payroll professionals, especially those with staff in multiple jurisdictions, it can be challenging to keep up. Yet, it is essential to do so.