ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Compassionate Care Legislation Coming IntoEffect Nova Scotians will have more time to spend with and care forloved ones who are gravely ill with new legislation that comesinto effect on Jan. 4, 2004. Changes to the Labour Standards Code provide up to eight weeks ofunpaid leave to employees who wish to provide palliative care toa parent, child or spouse. “This new legislation ensures informal caregivers have thesupport and protection they require to care for family membersduring their time of need,” said Environment and Labour MinisterKerry Morash. “This valuable and compassionate benefit allowsinformal caregivers to spend time away from work without fear oflosing their jobs.” In January 2003, the First Ministers’ Accord on Health CareRenewal outlined a federal initiative that would allow a six-weekcompassionate care benefit, available through the EmploymentInsurance program. The Feb. 18 federal budget announced theestablishment of the paid benefit, which will come into effect onJan. 4, 2004. Nova Scotia’s Compassionate Care Leave legislation supports thespirit of the First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal(February 2003) and complements the federal government’s six-weekcommitment. It also adds two additional weeks of unpaid leave foremployees. For more information on the compassionate care legislation call1-888-315-0110 or see the Environment and Labour website atwww.gov.ns.ca/enla/labstand.