Compassionate care leave will be increased from eight to 28 weeks for Nova Scotia workers under changes proposed by the provincial government.

Labour Minister Kelly Regan says bereavement leave would also be extended from three to five consecutive days for employees dealing with the death of a close family member.

Regan says the changes to the Labour Standards Code will protect employees’ jobs while they are caring for gravely ill family members or mourning the loss of a close family member.

She says the change to compassionate care leave would bring the province in line with federal legislative changes and increases in Employment Insurance benefits for eligible workers caring for a family member who has a significant risk of death.

Regan says Nova Scotia will be the first province to bring its labour code in line with the federal changes.

The amendments are expected to take effect Jan. 3.



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