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The Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code requires employers to grant periods of leave. Some of these leaves are unpaid and some are paid.
Some leaves require an employee to have worked for a specified period of time to qualify for 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, a pregnant employee must have been employed with the same employer for at least one year.
To take pregnancy or parental leave, an employee must give the employer at least four weeks’ notice of both the date on which leave will start and, if the employee plans to return early, the planned date of return to work. 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. An employee who has been employed with the same employer for at least one year and who becomes a parent as a result of the birth of a child or through adoption would qualify for parental leave.
Bereavement Leave must be provided in the event of the death of a spouse, parent, guardian, child, ward, grandparent, grandchild, sister, brother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law or brother in-law. of the employee.
Sick/Family Responsibility Leave
Compassionate Care Leave
Employee may take up to 28 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a seriously ill family member who has a high risk of dying within 26 weeks.
Employees must be employed for at least three months with the same employer. An employee may take compassionate leave to care for any of the following family members of the employee or their spouse:
An employer can ask an employee to provide a medical certificate, from a medical doctor, stating that the employee’s family member is seriously ill.
Compassionate Care Leave may also be taken for a person who is considered by the employee to be like a family member. The employee must provide their employer, if requested, with a completed copy of the Compassionate Care Benefits Attestation form, whether or not they are making an application for EI Compassionate Care Benefits.
Leaves are often accompanied by sensitive situations. When an employee comes to you to discuss a leave, please give us a call. For any questions or concerns about employment leaves, please give your Business Counsellor a call at 1 888-234-2232 or email at [email protected]