The Employment Standards Act (British Columbia) requires employers to grant unpaid pregnancy, parental, family responsibility, compassionate care, reservist, bereavement and jury duty leave.
Providing the time off is just the start of the employer’s obligations. Employees on leave continue to “earn” the following, as if they were at work:
- length of service credit;
- vacation credit;
- pension credit; and
- insurance plan benefits.
The employer must recognize increases in wages and benefits, such as benchmarks for wage increases or qualification periods for benefits being reached during the leave.
The right to vacation time off continues to accrue during the leave, but vacation … Continue Reading