Managing employee leaves
There is an ever-evolving dynamic between employer and employee as more emphasis is placed on work-life balance. This focus is derived out of necessity for full-time working adults, especially those with dependents within a dual-earner or single-parent family unit. Additional contributing factors include the wants and work habits of the millennial generation and companies’ desires to be competitive in attracting and retaining the best possible talent. Over the last few years, the Canadian government has taken measures to support people who need to take a leave for illness or family’s sake and have implemented a number of employment leaves.
Within Ontario alone, eligible employees have access to maternity/paternal leave, sick leave, critical illness leave, death or disappearance of a child leave, emergency leave, family medical and caregiver leave, reservist leave, domestic violence leave and organ donation leave. Tied to all these leaves are specific leave periods, return to work notice requirements, stipulations around payment, eligibility notice periods and required supporting documentation.
This white paper examines the various forms of employee leave in Canada and the considerations that surround them.