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On October 29th, 2014 the Ministry of Labour instituted new family job-protected leaves as follows:
Family Caregiver Leave
Family Caregiver leave is unpaid, job-protected leave of up to eight weeks per calendar year per specified family member. For more details see the Employment Standards website
Critically Ill Child Care Leave
Critically ill child care leave is unpaid job-protected leave of absence of up to 37 weeks within a 52 week period. For more details see the Employment Standards website.
Crime-Related Child Death or Disappearance Leave
Crime-related child death or disappearance leave is an unpaid Job-protected leave of absence. It provides up to 104 weeks with respect to the crime-related death of a child and up to 52 weeks with respect to the crime-related disappearance of a child. For more details see the Employment Standards website.
Family caregiver leave is not covered by EI or any other initiative, but the Critically Ill Child Care leave and Crime-Related Child Death or Disappearance leaves are. All of the above leaves apply to every business regardless of the number of employees. Please note that the employer is not required to pay wages during the leave, but the employee is entitled to the same rights as those on maternity leave. For example, an employee that opts to take the leave has the right to have their job reinstated after the leave and to continue participating in benefit plans.