Human Resources Legislative Update
Family Caregiver Leave Bill Passes Second Reading, Referred to Committee
Date: September 7, 2012
On September 6, 2012, Bill 30, Family Caregiver Leave Act (Employment Standards Amendment), 2011 carried at Second Reading and was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy.
As previously reported, Bill 30 would, if passed, amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to create Family Caregiver Leave. The leave would be available to all full-time, part-time, permanent, or contract employees covered by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 in certain circumstances to provide care for relatives and family members.
Bill 30 would build on the existing Family Medical Leave, which currently provides up to eight weeks of job-protected leave to provide care or support to certain individuals if the individual has a serious medical condition with a significant risk of death occurring within a period of 26 weeks.
[NOTE: With the prorogation of the Ontario Legislature on October 15, 2012, Bill 30 died on the Order Paper. See our FTR Now of October 16, 2012, “Premier McGunity Announces His Resignation and Prorogues the Legislature.”]