The province is improving job leaves for new parents, care givers and assault survivors.
Saskatchewan amended the province’s Employment Act to increase maternity and adoption leaves to from 18 to 19 weeks, offering the longest maternity and adoption leave in Canada. The province has also made a total of 78 weeks of leave available to new mothers or shared between parents. On top of the 19-week maternity leave, the province will extend parental leave from 34 to 59 weeks for the mother of a child, if she chooses to take the full leave. If another parent decides to take the entire leave or is collecting Employment Insurance benefits, they will see parental leave expand from 37 weeks to 63 weeks.
The province says it is adding adult family members to the 17 week critically ill leave. Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan says workers should not have to worry about job security for taking longer leaves like these. “In our province we want to support families, we want to support people’s parenting and we want to make the accommodations in legislation that we think will support those things.”
Morgan says the province is also giving 10 days of interpersonal violence leave to include survivors of all forms of sexual violence. “I can’t imagine anything more horrific that a victim going through that. We think it’s appropriate to look at it and say what are some of the things that a victim needs to do.”
The interpersonal violence leave can be used to seek medical or legal help, access support services or relocate to a safer place. “We think it’s the right thing to do.”