Legislative Update: Leaves to Help Families Now in Force

In the Summer 2014 issue of EMPlawyers Update, we informed readers about Bill 21, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2013, which amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to create family caregiver leave, critically ill child care leave and crime-related child death or disappearance leave.


Bill 21 came into force on October 29th, 2014. Accordingly, Ontario employers should promptly review their leave policies and procedures to ensure that they reflect these new, statutorily-protected leaves of absence.