03/27/2013 09:03 EDT | Updated 05/27/2013 05:12 EDT

Proposed Nova Scotia bill would protect jobs during family leave

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's government introduced a bill on Wednesday that would protect the jobs of people taking time off work during if their children are seriously ill or affected by a serious crime.

The province is proposing to change the Labour Standards Code so that a parents wouldn't be forced from their jobs if they have to take leave amidst a family crisis.

Amendments would create an unpaid leave of up to 37 weeks for workers with critically ill or injured children, and up to 52 weeks of unpaid leave for those whose son or daughter is missing due to a probable crime.

The measures permit 104 weeks for parents and guardians whose child died after a probable Criminal Code offence.

In January the federal government announced an Employment Insurance benefit to provide income support to parents so they can be with their critically sick child.