Friends = Family

While I was perusing the information about the Employment Standards Act I came across this news release titled Job-Protected Family Medical Leave Now Includes Relatives And Close Friends

Before Dec 18th your job could be protected for (up to) an 8 week leave period to care for a gravely ill family member. (One who has a significant risk of death in the next 6 months.) As of Dec 18th the definition of family member has been expanded to include close friends who “may be like family”.

Even for Employment Insurance payouts, “you can also receive compassionate care benefits to care for a gravely ill person who considers you like a family member. For instance a close friend or neighbour.”

After writing about employees being abused I hope no employee ever in turn abuses this new policy in Ontario. It seems it was brought in after much pressure was brought to bear about how the government is not recognizing the differing meanings of family among some people in Ontario. It is an interesting change isn’t it?

3 Comments so far

  1. Mseda (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

    It is an interesting change and it was long debated. Because of how stringent the requirements for compassionate care benefits were when it was first launched in 2004 it was considered somewhat of a failure. As usual the government worked at lightening speed to bring about change.


  2. abbas (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 3:34 am

    i really could have used this last year.


  3. swoononeone (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

    Sounds like a win-win-win piece of legislation.

    The person receiving the aid or care receives it from someone close to them and not a stranger.

    The government is out less money as services are being provided on a volunteer basis rather than 100% from a hospital or care provider.

    The person taking a leave of absence to help has the piece of mind that they can help their friend / loved one without having to risk losing their employment.



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