Family Caregivers Bill Passes Final Reading

May 9th, 2014 by Dan Stone

Family Caregivers Bill Passes Final Reading

On April 29, 2014, the Employment Standards Amendments Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2014 (Bill 21) passed third reading. The new legislation expands upon the existing family medical leave provisions and creates three new job-protected leaves:


  1. 1. Family Caregiver Leave: up to eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for employees to provide care or support to a family member with a serious medical condition.

  2. 2. Critically Ill Child Care Leave: up to 37 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to provide care to a critically ill child.

  3. 3. Crime-Related Child Death or Disappearance Leave: up to 52 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for parents of a missing child and up to 104 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for parents of a child who has died as a result of a crime.

Amendments were previously made to the Employment Insurance Act to allow access to EI benefits to care for a critically ill child and for crime-related death or disappearance of a child.

This new leave legislation will come into affect six months after Royal Assent – most likely in the Fall of 2014.

For more information on employment law, please contact Meghan Ferguson directly at 416-446-3343 or at Meghan.ferguson@devrylaw.ca.


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