Family Caregivers Bill passes final vote
“When a family member is sick, home is where they want to be. Being cared for at home is more comfortable for patients, can enhance recovery from illness or injury and reduce strain on our hospitals. These leaves provide support to caregivers so they in turn can support their loved one,” according to the Minister of Health and Long-term Care.
The Employment Standards Amendments Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2014, passed its third reading in the Ontario legislature in April, 2014. The legislation will allow caregivers to take more time off of work in order to provide care to their loved ones — without the fear of losing their job.
The new legislation adds to the already existing Family Medical Leave by creating three new job-protected leaves:
- Family Caregiver Leave: up to eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for employees to provide care or support to a family member with a serious medical condition.
- Critically Ill Child Care Leave: up to 37 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to provide care to a critically ill child.
- Crime-Related Child Death or Disappearance Leave: up to 52 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for parents of a missing child and up to 104 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for parents of a child who has died as a result of a crime.
The legislation does not, however, ensure that caregivers will be paid while they have time off of work to care for their loved ones.