1st Session, 59th General Assembly
52 Elizabeth II, 2003
The Honourable Kerry Morash
Minister of Environment and Labour
First Reading: October 1, 2003 (LINK TO BILL AS INTRODUCED)
Second Reading: October 9, 2003
Third Reading: October 16, 2003 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS)
Royal Assent: October 30, 2003
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 Section 7 of Chapter 246 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Labour Standards Code, as amended by Chapter 14 of the Acts of 1991, is further amended by adding immediately after clause (bc) the following clause:
2 Chapter 246 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 60D the following heading and Sections:
(2) An employee who has been employed by an employer for a period of at least three months is entitled to an unpaid leave of absence of up to eight weeks to provide care or support to a family member of the employee if a legally qualified medical practitioner issues a certificate stating that the family member has a serious medical condition with a significant risk of death within twenty-six weeks from
(6) For the period of time specified in subsection (2), the employer shall grant to the employee the option of maintaining a benefit plan in which the employee participated before the beginning of that period and shall notify the employee in writing of the option and the date beyond which the option may no longer be exercised at least ten days before the last day on which the option could be exercised to avoid an interruption in benefits.
(7) Where the employee opts in writing to maintain the benefit plan referred to in subsection (6), the employee shall enter into an arrangement with the employer to pay the cost required to maintain the benefit plan, including the employer's share thereof, and the employer shall process the documentation and payments as arranged.
3 Subsection 54(2) of Chapter 494 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Vital Statistics Act, as enacted by Chapter 29 of the Acts of 2000 and amended by Chapters 5 and 31 of the Acts of 2001, is further amended by adding immediately after clause (e) the following clause: