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The Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Standards Act requires employers to grant periods of leave in certain situations. The leaves may be paid or unpaid, and employees may have to meet certain criteria to qualify for the leave.
Listed here are the most common types of leave from work and what your responsibilities to your employees are as an employer.
In order to qualify for pregnancy leave, an employee must have been employed by the same employer for at least 20 consecutive weeks. The employee must give at least 2 weeks written notice of their intention to take pregnancy leave along with a letter from a medical practitioner stating the estimated birth date. The leave can be up to 17 weeks unpaid. This leave is often followed immediately by parental leave.
Parental leave often follows maternity leave, but can be taken by either the mother or father. The employee must have been employed by the same employer for at least 20 consecutive weeks and be the parent of a child. The employee must give at least 2 weeks written notice of the date the leave is to begin. This leave can be up to 61 weeks unpaid.
Adoption leave is available for parents that adopt a child. The employee must have been employed by the same employer for at least 20 consecutive weeks. Like maternity and parental leave, the employee must give 2 weeks written notice; or if the child comes into their custody sooner than expected, written notice of having taken Adoption Leave within two weeks of having stopped work. Adoption leave is up to 17 weeks unpaid leave. Adoptive parents are also eligible for 35 weeks Parental Leave.
Bereavement Leave must be provided in the event of the death of the spouse, a child, a grandchild, the mother or father, a brother or sister, a grandparent or a mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law or brother-in-law, son-in-law or daughter-in-law, of the employee.
Employee may take up to 28 weeks of unpaid leave to provide care to a family member who has a serious medical condition and a significant risk of death within a specified 52 week period. Leave may be broken up but must be taken in minimum blocks of one week.