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The New Brunswick Employment Standards Act requires employers to grant periods of leave to employees 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.
In New Brunswick:
The maximum combined total of maternity and child care leave is 78 weeks total.
Family responsibility leave gives employees time off to deal with the health, care or education needs of a person in a close family relationship.
Employers are required to give employees, upon request, leaves of absence without pay for up to three days per year.
In the event of the death of a person in a close family relationship, an employer must give an employee a leave of absence without pay of up to five consecutive days. Bereavement leave is to begin no later than the day of the funeral.
If an employee is summoned or selected to serve on a jury or to act as a witness in a court proceeding, the employer must give the employee a leave of absence without pay for the period of time the employee is absent from work for this purpose.
The employee or a child of the employee is a victim of domestic violence, intimate partner violence or sexual violence, and the leave of absence is taken for any of the following purposes:
When the employee advises the employer of his or her intention to take a leave of absence, the employee shall provide the employer in writing with the purposes for which the leave is to be taken, with reference to one or more of the above specific purposes.
All documentation or other material received in relation to the employee’s leave of absence, is confidential and shall not be disclosed unless
For more information regarding domestic violence,intimate partner violence or sexual violence and the impact on the workplace, please contact Women’s Equality Branch via e-mail at [email protected]