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Changes to PEI Employment Standards Act

By Michelle Collins |

CHARLOTTETOWN - The province has introduced three new amendments to its Employment Standards Act that took effect January 1, 2004. Among the provisions is the inclusion of Remembrance Day as the province’s sixth statutory holiday.

Other amendments include:

  • Compassionate Care Leave: Employees will be eligible for an unpaid eight week leave to care for terminally ill members of their immediate family. Immediate family members are defined as spouse, common law partner, child, parent, brother or sister.
  • Family or sick leave: Employees will be eligible for three days of unpaid leave per year. To qualify employees must have more than six months of continuous employment with the business.
  • Notice of termination: Employees must receive six weeks of notice if they have been employed for 10 to 15 years with the same business. If the employee has been employed for over 15 years they are to receive eight weeks notice.

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