Navigating Ontario’s new leaves of absence

Three new types of job-protected leave brings total to 10 in Ontario; more help for employees means more work for employers managing absenteeism
By Pamela Chan
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/01/2014

Across Canada, legislative changes are increasing the opportunities for employees to take unpaid leaves while ensuring their jobs will be waiting for them when they come back. Ontario in particular has been making it easier for workers to take time off, and the province will soon add several more reasons workers can take a leave from the workplace with the ability to return to work for the same employer.

Here’s a look at the new leaves that have been added to Ontario’s list and strategies employers can use to manage the increasingly complex landscape of job-protected leaves of absence.