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Compassionate care leave

  • December 7, 2015
  • News

The WTA Collective Agreement contains a provision that states:

The Compassionate Care Leave provisions of The Manitoba Employment Standards Code shall apply.

Here’s a summary of what the Standards Code includes:

Compassionate Care Leave provides employees the opportunity to assist a family member who is critically ill and requires care and support for several weeks.  Employees who have worked for at least 30 days are eligible, and must provide a certificate from a doctor indicating a family member has a serious medical condition, has a significant risk of death within the next 26 weeks, and needs care and support.

Leave is available for up to eight weeks, and the definition of family member is very broad.  Children, stepchildren, parents, grandparents, spouses, common law spouses, brothers, sisters, step-brothers, step-sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews are all considered family members.

Employees must be allowed to return to their job, or a comparable job, with the same or greater benefits and pay when they return from leave.

Compassionate care leave is unpaid.  You may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance benefits.