Original Newsletter(s) this article was published in: Employment Update: October 2014

A reminder that three new unpaid, job-protected leaves of absence under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 come into effect on October 29, 2014.

  1. Family Caregiver Leave is up to 8 weeks of leave for employees to provide care and support to a family member with a serious medical condition. This leave creates a separate entitlement from the current Family Medical Leave in the Act.
  2. Critically Ill Child Care Leave is up to 37 weeks of leave to provide care to a critically ill child. This leave is intended to complement new benefits under the federal Helping Families In Need Act.
  3. Crime-Related Child Death and Disappearance Leave is up to 52 weeks of leave for parents of a missing child and up to 104 weeks of leave for parents of a child who has died as a result of a crime. As above, this leave is intended to complement benefits available under the federal Helping Families In Need Act.