The Greater Charlottetown Area of Commerce is strongly supportive of the proposed amendments to the province’s Employment Standards Act to provide access to unpaid leave for parents or guardians of children in P.E.I. who have died, gone missing or who have a critical illness.
In 2012, the federal government, through the Employment Insurance Act and the Helping Families in Need Act, introduced provisions regarding “Leave Related to Critical Illness of a Child” and “Leave Related to Death or Disappearance of a Child”. Since the introduction of these changes federally, eight provinces and territories have revised their employment legislation.
“We believe that Island employers would want to support their employees during such a difficult experience”, commented Ryan Johnston, Co-Chair of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce HR Committee. “This is provides much needed support for families facing devastating circumstances. We applaud the provincial government for its action on this issue.”
The proposed changes would entitle parents to unpaid leave, eligibility for Employment Insurance and a guaranteed similar pay level upon return to work.
The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the “Voice of Business” on economic issues for its 975 members representing more than 17,500 employees in small, medium and large enterprises in the capital region. For further information on the Chamber, visit the website at www.charlottetownchamber.com or call (902) 628-2000.
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