News release

Compassionate Care, Bereavement Leaves Extended

Working Nova Scotians will have more time to care for a gravely ill family member or to mourn the loss of a close family member.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan introduced changes to the Labour Standards Code today, Nov. 19, to extend compassionate care and bereavement leaves.

"We understand that Nova Scotians who might need this kind of leave are dealing with heartbreaking situations," said Ms. Regan. "No one should have to worry about their job when they're caring for a very sick family member or grieving the loss of a loved one."

Changes will extend compassionate care leave from eight to 28 weeks and protect employees' jobs while they are on leave. This amendment will align with federal labour legislation changes and increases in Employment Insurance benefits for eligible employees caring for a family member who has a significant risk of death.

Nova Scotia is the first province to bring its labour code in line with federal compassionate care changes.

The amendments will also lengthen unpaid bereavement leave to five consecutive days for employees dealing with the death of a close family member. This will more closely align Nova Scotia's bereavement leave with other provinces.

"These changes offer protection that families hope they'll never have to use, but will mean the world to them if they're needed," said Ms. Regan.

Amendments to the Labour Standards Code will take effect Jan. 3, 2016.

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Changes to the Labour Standards Code introduced today (November 19th) will extend compassionate care and bereavement leaves for Nova Scotians.

Changes will increase compassionate care leave from eight to 28 weeks and protect employees' jobs while they are on leave. This will align with federal labour legislation changes and increases in Employment Insurance benefits.

Amendments will also lengthen unpaid bereavement leave to five consecutive days for employees dealing with the death of a close family member.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan says the changes mean Nova Scotians won't have to worry about their job when they're caring for a very sick family member or grieving the loss of a loved one.

The changes will take effect January 3rd, 2016.

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