Feedback wanted on changes to employee leave

Government wants Islanders’ input on possible changes to the law involving different types of leave for employees. 

Islanders can now provide feedback until August 27 on draft regulations to support the implementation of Employment Standards Act (Bill 116) online at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/give-input-employment-standards-act-regulations or by e-mail at employmentstandardsconsults@gov.pe.ca

“I encourage all Islanders to participate in this consultation,” said Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant said. “We need your input to ensure this bill protects the employment of Islanders who need temporary leave from work to take care of themselves or family members.”

Bill 116 was amended during the 2018 spring sitting of the provincial legislature, to provide up to three days of paid leave – and another seven days of unpaid leave – for employees to deal with the consequences of domestic violence. The consultation process will also allow Islanders to provide feedback on other changes to employment standards being considered: 

•    reducing the eligibility requirement for sick leave; and 
•    extending the job protection periods for compassionate care leave and parental leave.

The public input gathered will be included in the final draft regulations that cabinet will consider. It will also help to determine if there is support for making other amendments to the act.

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