Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bill 21—the Amendment to the Employment Standards Act

This is a good idea. Unfortunately, it's difficult to tell when you should take the eight weeks. Doctors are poor at predicting date of death, or what disease trajectory is like.
The Alzheimer society is pretty proud of its lobbying work, which is far better than losing your job whilst caregiving. Often, I find that caregivers just find they don't have time to file for Unemployment when their loved ones passes away.
An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 in respect of family caregiver, critically ill child care and crime-related child death or disappearance leaves of absence
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
   1.  Subsection 15 (7) of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 is amended by striking out “organ donor leave, personal emergency leave” and substituting “organ donor leave, family caregiver leave, critically ill child care leave, crime-related child death or disappearance leave, personal emergency leave”.
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Bill 21—the Amendment to the Employment Standards Act, Leaves to Help Families— passed third reading in the Ontario legislature and will become law! 
View the Bill here (PDF) and visit this page to see updated proposed amendments to the bill.
The Bill provides job-protected leaves of absence of up to 8 weeks annually to caregivers.
The bill
  • recognizes a broad range of conditions, including dementia
  • has had the fees associated with a medical certificate removed by allowing other regulated health professionals to provide a medical certificate in order for a caregiver to access the bill.
 Family members (spouses and adult children and in-laws) provide most of the care for the 200,000 Ontario seniors with dementia. They play a critical role as part of the caregiving team, help maintain the well-being of those they are caring for, and lighten the impact on our health-care system by delaying admission to institutional care by about 1.5 years. 

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