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Family medical leave

Family medical leave is an unpaid job-protected leave of up to 28 weeks in a 52 week period.

Family medical leave may be taken to provide care or support to certain family members and people who consider the employee to be like a family member in respect of whom a qualified health practitioner has issued a certificate indicating that he or she has a serious medical condition with a significant risk of death occurring within a period of 26 weeks. The medical condition and risk of death must be confirmed in a certificate issued by a qualified health practitioner.

The 28 weeks of a family medical leave do not have to be taken consecutively.

All employees in Ontario who take this leave under the Employment Standards Act (2000) to provide care or support to a specific family member, must share the eight weeks of leave with their spouse.

The University may ask the employee to provide a medical notification; forward it to Human Resources as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit the Family Medical Leave web page of the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

Leave Management System

You must enter your leave in the FAST leave management system (on-campus access only) prior to your leave or if this is not possible, immediately upon your return to work.