The Chamber is encouraging members to offer input on possible changes to the law involving different types of leave for employees, as well as on the proposed draft regulations of Bill 116: An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act. The proposed changes are outlined below.

Possible employment law changes: 

  1. Reducing the wait time for eligibility for sick leave from six months to three months;
  2. Increasing compassionate care leave to 28 weeks; and
  3.  Increasing parental leave to protect the employment of persons opting for the 18-month EI benefit.

 Bill 116: An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act draft regulations:

  • Government is also seeking feedback on the draft regulations of Bill 116: An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act;
  • During the 2018 spring provincial legislative sitting, the Employment Standards Act was amended to provide up to three days of paid leave – and another seven days of unpaid leave – for employees to deal with the consequences of domestic violence;
  • Regulations provide specifics on how to put action into an act (law). The Lieutenant Governor–in-Council (cabinet) is responsible to pass regulations; rather than the legislature which passes legislation.

How to provide input: 

  • The public input gathered will be included in the final draft regulations that cabinet will consider. It will also help to determine if there is support for making other amendments to the act.
  • To share feedback with the Chamber, please e-mail Sheryl at
  • Feedback can be shared directly with government by completing this survey.
  • Deadline to offer feedback is August 27, 2018.

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