The Saskatchewan government has tabled legislation that will allow people to take more time off work to care for a dying or very sick loved one.

People would be able to take as much as 28 weeks of leave, up from eight weeks.

Labour Minister Don Morgan says people want to care for their children or parents when they’re ill.

He says the benefit of family support can be critical.

Compassionate care benefits through employment insurance allow a maximum of 26 weeks of leave, after a two-week waiting period, and the provincial change would guarantee job protection.

The extension does not cost the province anything financially.

 

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