Amending labour standards – time off for family responsibilities (continued)
We recently informed you of amendments to the Labour Standards Act that enable employees to receive remuneration for the first two days of absence for family responsibilities. So far, employers are refusing to pay these two days under the pretext that compensation for these two days is already covered by the annual bank of sick leave for full-time employees, and by payment of fringe benefits for part-time employees. If you’re facing this kind of situation, contact your local executive. The outcome isn't guaranteed in advance, but the APTS will fight for you.
Leave for family responsibilities can be used to meet obligations associated with your child’s or your spouse’s child’s health, education or child care, or with a relative’s health. It can also be used for obligations to act as an informal caregiver. You have to notify the employer of your absence as promptly as possible and take reasonable measures to limit such time off. A document attesting to the reasons for the absence may also be requested by the employer.