Saturday, August 20, 2011

Family Medical Leave in Ontario

Family Medical Leave FAQs

This leave has been in place for several years. Unfortunately, the barrier for me was not knowing how ill my mother was with cancer. No doctor would have issued a certificate stating her death within 26 weeks. My late father's brain tumour was the same. Not knowing when end-of-life would occur, we bravely faced his increasing dementia week after week, as I continued to work as a teacher.

With Ontario's Family Medical Leave, you're eligible for up to eight weeks job-protected leave from work in the event of a loved one becoming gravely ill. So you can stop work and care for them, knowing your job will be there when you get back.

An employee can take Family Medical Leave up to eight weeks to provide care or support to certain family members and people who consider care recipients to be like a family member, qualify for this leave if a qualified medical practitioner has issued a certificate indicating that the care recipient has a serious medical condition with a significant risk of death occurring within a period of 26 weeks.

Family Medical Leave is available to you whether you apply for federal Employment Insurance compassionate care benefits or not. If you are applying for Employment Insurance (EI) compassionate care benefits, a copy of the medical certificate submitted to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada may also be used for the purpose of family medical leave.

Care or support includes: providing psychological or emotional support, arranging for care by a third party provider or directly providing or participating in the care of the family member.

Six weeks of Employment Insurance benefits called Compassionate Care Benefits may be paid to EI eligible employees taking Ontario's Family Medical Leave.

For information about EI Compassionate Care Benefits, please call your nearest Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) office or call toll-free to 1-800-206-7218.

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