April 10, 2018
Harry Bains, Minister of Labour, introduced amendments to the Employment Standards Act yesterday.
The amendments will allow mothers to start their pregnancy leave, also known as maternity leave, as early as 13 weeks before the expected birth date, up from the current 11 weeks. New parents will also have the option to take a longer unpaid parental leave to care for their new child — resulting in a total of up to 18 months of leave for birth mothers.
A new unpaid, job-protected leave of up to 52 weeks to help if a worker’s child is missing as a result of a crime has also been introduced. In addition, the Province will introduce a new unpaid leave providing job protection for parents dealing with the death of a child. This leave will provide up to 104 weeks if a worker’s child under 19 years of age dies under any circumstances.
For more information, please visit the Government of BC website for more details.