The federal government has committed to providing more flexibility in parental leave benefits and making compassionate care benefits easier to access and more inclusive for those who provide care for seriously ill family members.

While it offered few details budget announcement on March 22, the government said it would pursue those objectives over the course of its mandate.

Read: Will 18-month parental leave become reality?

It also said it would reduce the employment insurance waiting period from two weeks to one. That could increase the number and amount of short-term disabilities claims faced by plan sponsors, said Eckler in a budget notice, since they would have to reduce their own waiting period in order to preserve any EI premium reduction.

The budget also said it would extend the maximum duration of work-sharing agreements from a current length of 38 weeks to an extension of 76 weeks.

“Extending work-sharing agreements will help employers retain skilled employees and avoid the costs of recruiting and training new employees, and will help employees maintain their skills and jobs while supplementing their earnings with EI benefits,” said the budget document.

Read: How to bridge the parental leave divide

The government also said it will explore ways to ensure that federally regulated employees are better able to manage the demands of paid work and their personal and family responsibilities outside of work.

“Many Canadians struggle to balance the responsibilities of work and family, which can affect their overall well-being and productivity at work,” said the budget document. “Flexible work arrangements, such as flexible start and finish times or the ability to work from home, can help employees to balance these responsibilities.”

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Phil Hyde:

Good news roundup, especially about Canada’s worksharing programme, seeing as how worksharing is a halfway step to what every economy has needed to guarantee full employment and maximum consumer spending, marketable productivity and investment solidity since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution: energetic conversion of chronic overtime into training and jobs, and if that doesn’t yield full employment, as much downward workweek adjustment as it takes to produce the requisite amount of convertible overtime. Deets on (Note that what we’re getting instead is a mounting, officially denied labour surplus hidden in categories like welfare, disability, homelessness, prison, suicide, and a mind-boggling coagulation of the money supply in the tiny population in the topmost brackets, who can’t spend it, who donate a smaller percentage than any other bracket including the bottom bracket, and who wind up having insufficient marketable productivity to provide investment stability = the dread Black Hole Economy. Capitalism only runs well under a labour shortage (at least as perceived by employers) to maintain and raise wages and consumer spending, but “alas,” wartime and plaguetime prosperity are now denied us by wardrones and modern medicine, barring the creation of that magic labour shortage and leaving us with only the intelligent way to engineer it = OT-to-jobs conversion and workweek reduction. Hey, we cut from over 80 hrs/wk in 1840 to 40 in 1940, but haven’t touched the workweek since. even though a 1% less unemployment for every hour cut from the workweek held for the US 1938-39-40, 44-42-40 hrs, 19.0-17.2-14.6% and for France 1997-2001 before the US-led recession hit France in the summer), 39-35 hrs, 12.6-8.6% – in each case with very naive assumptions about how market forces would convert OT into jobs with no special design effort.

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