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Saskatchewan's Compassionate Care Leave Benefits Increasing

Released on June 9, 2016

Saskatchewan employees who need to take time away from work to care for a loved one will soon be eligible to receive up to 28 weeks of job-protected leave.  This is an increase from eight weeks.

“During the election, we promised to increase compassionate care leave and today we have fulfilled this promise,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minster Don Morgan said.  “These amendments recognize that families are important and generational needs are changing.”

Amendments are due to recent changes in federal legislation where employees are eligible for 26 weeks of benefits after observing a two week waiting period.

With these amendments, Saskatchewan will be one of three provinces to increase this leave to match the changes to Employment Insurance.

For more information on compassionate care leave and other benefits, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/business/employment-standards.

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For more information, contact:

Laura McKnight
Labour Relations and Workplace Safety
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0355
Email: laura.mcknight@gov.sk.ca

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