Recent Changes to Employment Laws
Many of you may know that the Employment Standards Act was recently amended to increase the general minimum wage to $14 per hour. This was widely reported in the mainstream media. A number of other important changes received very little attention. Some changes include:
- New and extended leaves of absence for:
- pregnancy leave
- parental leave
- critical illness leave to care for a critically ill child or adult family member (if employed for at least 6 months)
- personal emergency leave (without a doctor's note, but the employer may require other evidence)
- family medical leave (with note indicating a family member has a serious medical condition with a significant risk of death in 26 weeks or less)
- domestic or sexual violence leave for the employee or his/her child
- child death leave and crime-related child disappearance leave.
- Increased vacation entitlement for employees with more than five years of service (increases from two weeks' to three weeks' paid vacation).