Changes to Employment Standards Act

Effective December 29, 2018, the following changes to the Employment Standards Act became effective:

  1. The qualification period for unpaid sick leave was reduced from six (6) months to three (3) months;
  2. Compassionate care leave for employees who have a family member with a serious medical condition was increased from eight (8) weeks to twenty-eight (28) weeks;
  3. Parental / adoption leave was increased from up to thirty-five (35) weeks to up to sixty-two (62) weeks. The combined aggregate for maternity and parental / adoption leave is increased from fifty-two (52) weeks to seventy-eight (78) weeks.
This information is meant to serve as a guide only.  The reader is strongly advised to consult the Employment Standards Act to view the legislation.  Where any difference exists between this information and the Act, the Act will be considered correct.
Published date: 
January 7, 2019
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