Alberta considers "compassionate leave" bill
Posted: Dec 3, 2012 7:33 PM MT
Last Updated: Dec 3, 2012 10:13 PM MT
Alberta is one step closer to a law that would allow people to take time off from work to look after a dying loved one.
The bill, brought forward by Conservative backbencher Matt Jeneroux, allows people to take 8 weeks of “compassionate care” leave when a loved one is gravely ill.
“Alberta is the only province that doesn't have something like this. I think it would be immense to be able to spend your last final days with your loved one,” Jeneroux said.
The leave would have to be approved by a doctor who must confirm the ill person might die in the next 26 weeks.
The person would then be able to take the leave and return to their job or a comparable one with similar pay and benefits.
Jeneroux said he’s dealt with the stress of taking care of sick loved ones himself.
“It's something I personally regretted in my situation. I'm sure there's many others who have other situations similar to mine.
“Hopefully this can come through and we'll be able to make that a reality.”
He said he’s hopeful the bill will pass its second reading.
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