The Yukon government is bolstering support for parents of critically ill children by ensuring they can keep their jobs if they take unpaid leave to care for their kids.
Amendments to the Employment Standards Act will insure job security for parents, and allow them to take advantage of federal funding under the Employment Insurance Act for up to 35 weeks if their child is seriously ill.
“It is very important to ensure that Yukon parents who are dealing with these difficult issues have the support system in place to help them in their time of need,” said Community Services Minister Brad Cathers in a press release. “These amendments ensure that parents who need access to these new federal programs are also supported under Yukon legislation.”
Amendments providing the same leave protection for parents of missing or murdered children came into effect in May.