Bill 58, which was introduced by the Labour Minister, has been sanctioned and came into law on December 18, 20071. The bill amends the Labour Standards Act2 so as to allow an employee to take leave from work for a maximum of 104 weeks if he or his child of minor age suffers serious bodily harm due to a criminal act, or if their spouse or child dies as a result of such an act.

An employee will also be entitled to leave of up to 52 weeks if their child of minor age goes missing, or their spouse or child commits suicide.

To be entitled to such leave, the employee must have three months of continuous service. The leave will be unpaid.

At the end of the leave, the employee will be entitled to return to his usual position, with the same benefits, including the same salary he would have been entitled to had he remained at work