Sociology 2169 Study Guide - Fixed Cost, Unemployment Benefits, Parental Leave

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Published on 18 Apr 2013
Western University
Sociology 2169
Ch 9 Work-Family Conflict pt.2 1/28/2013 8:46:00 AM
Who is disadvantaged by this policy?
Ch. 9 Work-Family Conflict pt.2
January 28, 2012
Family leave Policies
1971- Canadian Labour Code revised to grant women right to maternity
Late 70s-90s- 17 weeks maternity leave
Benefits at 55% of their pay if worked 700 hrs in previous year
Natural mothers only
1990s- polices expanded to include adoptive parents and fathers
Family Leave Policies
2001 benefits package changed to allow for 15 weeks mat leave with
benefits for mothers and an additional 35 weeks of parental leave for natural
or adoptive parents (weeks can be taken by mothers or fathers)
Family Leave Policies
Individual provinces have increased the amount available
Ontario: 17 week maternity leave + additional 37 weeks parental leave = 52
Who is Disadvantaged by this policy?
o Limited eligibility for employment insurance
o Poor
o Part-time workers
o Self-employed
o Temporary workers
Other Family Policies
o QC, BC, NB- 3-5 unpaid days a yr. for childcare/caretaking responsibilities
o QC- low fixed cost daycare
o Family medical leave- ON, employees with seriously ill spouse, parent or
child can take up to 8 weeks off
Still more work to be done…
o Although Canada is a leader in providing progressive family friendly
policies, there is still much room for improvement
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