Compassionate Care Leave

Under the Employment Standards Code, eligible employees who leave work to become a caregiver for a gravely ill family member are entitled to up to eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave of absence.

Employees must have 52 consecutive weeks of either full-time or part-time employment with the employer to be eligible for compassionate care leave. They may split the leave into two sections of at least one week in length. The ill family member may reside in Alberta or elsewhere. Employers are required to provide employees taking compassionate care leave with their previous job back, or the equivalent, after they return.

Some employees may be eligible for up to six weeks of Employment Insurance benefits for compassionate care leave.

To learn more, see the Compassionate Care Fact Sheet.

To learn more about Employment Insurance benefits, see the Service Canada website.

Created: 2014-01-29
Modified:
PID: 15054

Contact Employment Standards

Call the Employment Standards Contact Centre for general information or submit an inquiry online:

  • 780-427-3731 (Edmonton)
  • 1-877-427-3731 (toll-free)

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