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Labour Standards Code (amended)

BILL NO. 115

(as introduced)

3rd Session, 61st General Assembly
Nova Scotia
60 Elizabeth II, 2011

Government Bill

Labour Standards Code

The Honourable Marilyn More
Minister of Labour and Advanced Education

First Reading: November 28, 2011

(Explanatory Note)

Second Reading: November 29, 2011

Third Reading: December 9, 2011 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)

Explanatory Note

This Bill amends the Labour Standards Code to allow an employee an unpaid leave to attend his or her Canadian citizenship ceremony.

An Act to Amend Chapter 246
of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the Labour Standards Code,
Respecting Citizenship Ceremony Leave

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Chapter 246 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Labour Standards Code, is amended by adding immediately after Section 60I the following heading and Section:


60J (1) An employee is entitled to an unpaid leave of absence of up to, at the employee's option, a maximum of one day on the day of and to attend a citizenship ceremony to receive the employee's certificate of citizenship under the Citizenship Act (Canada).

(2) The employee shall give the employer fourteen days' notice or as much notice as is reasonably practicable of the date of the citizenship ceremony and the time the employee will be away from work to attend the citizenship ceremony.

(3) Upon request by the employer, the employee shall provide evidence of the date of the citizenship ceremony.

(4) An employee who is denied the leave of absence or the opportunity to resume work on account of taking such leave may make a complaint to the Director in accordance with Section 21.

(5) An employee who makes a complaint pursuant to subsection (4) and who is not satisfied with the result may make a complaint to the Board in accordance with Section 23.

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