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Government of Ontario Now Offering Leaves for Caregivers

“When seniors are at their most vulnerable, that is when they need their families the most.  The Family Caregiver Leave is significant because it will help more seniors recover from injuries or illnesses, while surrounded by their loved ones who care for them.” – Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs.

Last week the Government of Ontario introduced changes to the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families) which will allow caregivers to take time away from work to focus on providing care for family members without the fear of losing their jobs.  The Family Caregiver Leave will provide caregivers with up to eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to look after a loved one with a serious medical condition.

In addition to the Family Caregiver Leave, further job-protected leaves include:  Critically Ill Child Care Leave and Crime-Related Child Death or Disappearance Leave.

“The one thing working Ontarians need most when it comes to caring for seriously ill or injured family members is time to be with their loved ones.  These new leaves are a matter of compassion.  They will increase job security and are the right thing to do for Ontario families.” – Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour.

For more information, please read the following news releases from the Government of Ontario:

Caregiver Leaves to Help Families Now in Effect

Job Protection for Caregivers



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