January 3, 2018

Changes to the Employment Standards Act

Effective January 1st, 2018, a number of changes were made to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA).

One change that is important for midwives and their clients is to the Notice Requirements for Pregnancy Leave, which has been amended to include midwives as one of the medical practitioners who can provide a certificate stating the baby’s due date.

From the ESA:

Notice requirements for pregnancy leave

“An employee must give her employer at least two weeks’ written notice before beginning her pregnancy leave. Also, if the employer requests it, she must provide a certificate from a medical practitioner (which may include a medical doctor, a midwife or a nurse practitioner) stating the baby’s due date.”

For more information please read here.