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HR Policies & Employment Legislation

Leaves of Absence

In general, employees are entitled to leaves of absence for the following reasons: pregnancy, parental and adoption responsibilities, illness, family emergency, bereavement, to serve on a jury or as a witness, and to vote. Leaves can be with pay or without pay.

Leave policies and practices must comply with the minimum standards required by law, which vary by province and territory.

Leave policies and practices may exceed minimum standards. To serve your organization's values or goals and to meet your employees' needs, your policy can offer longer leaves than the law requires. Your policy can stipulate that employees will be paid while they are on leave when the law does not say you must. You may also introduce leaves for reasons not covered in the law - for example, educational leave to can be a good way to encourage employee development can offer longer leaves than the law requires. Or, your policy can stipulate that employees will be paid while they are on leave. Your policies will be shaped by your organization's goals, employees' needs and your budget.

 

Parental Leave

Below are links (where available) to information on provincial and territorial websites that deal specifically with maternity, parental and adoption leave. For information about Employment Insurance (EI) and maternity and parental benefits, click here.

Alberta

Information about Maternity and Parental leave in Alberta.

 

British Columbia

There is an Employment Standards Fact Sheet on leaves that includes information about pregnancy and parental leave.

 

Manitoba

Maternity leave

Parental leave

 

New Brunswick

There are two separate fact sheets for New Brunswick:

  1. Maternity Leave
  2. Child Care Leave

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

The Frequently Asked Questions section covers Pregnancy Leave, Parental Leave and Adoption Leave.

 

Northwest Territories

Maternity Leave

Parental Leave

 

Nova Scotia

An information sheet on leaves of absence covers information about pregnancy and parental leave.

 

Nunavut

The website contains very little specific information, but it does have the contact information for the Department of Justice.

 

Ontario

Information on pregnancy and parental leave.

 

Prince Edward Island

The section on special leave has information about maternity/parental/adoption leave.

 

Québec

The section on absences and leaves for family or parental matters contains information about maternity and parental leave.

 

Saskatchewan

Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace is a handbook with practical information.

 

Yukon

The Labour Services website has a section on Maternity and Parental Leave.

 


Leaves for Jury or Witness Duty

Below are links to provincial and territorial information (where available) about leaves for jury and witness duty.

Alberta


Jury Act, section 24

 

British Columbia

Leaves of Absence Fact Sheet

 

Manitoba

The Jury Act, Section 24.1(1)

 

New Brunswick

Leaves of Absence Fact Sheet

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Jury Act, Section 42

 

Northwest Territories

New Northwest Territories Employment Standards Act

 

Nova Scotia

Employment Rights - Jury Duty

 

Nunavut

Contact information for the Department of Justice

 

Ontario

Juries Act, Section 41

 

Prince Edward Island

www.gov.pe.ca/courts/sherriff/index.php3

 

Québec

www.justice.gouv.qc.ca/english/publications/generale/jure-a.htm#Employer

 

Saskatchewan

Jury Act, Section 47

 

Yukon

Contact Information for Labour Services