New Unpaid Leaves in Ontario Pending

September 23, 2014

New Unpaid Leaves in Ontario Pending

Companies with employees in Ontario, particularly companies that sponsor or administer employee benefit plans including extended health plans and pension plans, will be affected by the passage of Bill 21, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2014, says a Borden Ladner Gervais LLP ‘Pension Alert.’ Effective October 29, the act entitles eligible employees to three new unpaid, job-protected statutory leaves of absence. Family caregiver leave gives employees up to eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to provide care or support to specified family members if a qualified health practitioner issues a certificate stating that the family member has a serious medical condition. Critically ill child care leave allows employees to take up to 37 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave. Crime-related child death and disappearance leave lets employees take up to 52 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave if a child of the employee disappears and it is probable that the child disappeared as a result of a crime. Eligible employees can take up to 104 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave if a child of the employee dies and it is probable that the child died as a result of a crime. During the period of the three new statutory leaves of absence, eligible employees continue to participate in their employer’s benefit plans, including pension plans. All employers that sponsor or administer employee benefit plans should consider the new legislation and assess whether any changes should be made. For example, employers may wish to update their benefits-related documents to reflect these three new statutory leaves of absence.


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