• Ontario Announces New Compassionate Leave Plan
  • March 30, 2004 | Author: Darryl R. Hiscocks
  • Law Firm: McMillan LLP - Toronto Office
  • On March 2, 2004, the Ontario government announced that it would table legislation this Spring that would provide for up to eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected time off work for employees taking care of seriously ill family members. The planned Ontario legislation is expected to complement the federal compassionate care benefits program that came into effect on January 4, 2004. Under that program, employees are eligible for up to six weeks of federal compassionate care benefits, after a two-week "waiting period" of unpaid leave.