News Release - June 14, 2001
PARENTAL LEAVE INCREASED
The Saskatchewan Legislature passed amendments to The Labour Standards Act
today, providing increased job protection to new parents while they are on
Birth mothers and the primary caregivers of adopted children now have their
jobs protected for up to 52 weeks, including 18 weeks of adoption or
maternity leave and 34 weeks of parental leave. In addition, birth fathers
and the spouses of the primary caregivers are eligible for 37 weeks of job-
protected parental leave.
Labour Minister Kim Trew said the amended legislation protects the jobs of
new parents while they access the increased level of Employment Insurance
benefits recently implemented by the federal government. Eligible parents
can access up to 50 weeks of EI benefits, plus a two-week waiting period.
"The additional job protection for birth mothers or primary care-givers of
an adopted child, combined with the 37 weeks of job protection for the
birth fathers or the spouse of the primary caregiver of an adopted child,
gives parents increased flexibility. Either, or both, parents can choose
to remain at home with their new child to a combined maximum of 89 weeks
within the first year of their child's life, allowing them to more easily
balance their work and family responsibilities," Trew said.
Employees whose child was born or came into their care for the purposes of
adoption on or after December 31st, 2000, and who are currently on leave,
are covered under the amendment.
"It's well known that the first years of a child's life are critical to
their physical and psychological development. I'm pleased that
Saskatchewan parents will now have the option of spending that crucial
first year at home with their newborn or newly-adopted child," Trew said.
For more information, contact:
Phone: (306) 787-4156