Bill to protect ill workers

Press Release

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty introduced a private member’s bill yesterday to extend employment security for seriously-ill workers.
The bill would extend the current period of protection from 12 weeks to a maximum of 52 weeks.
“This bill will make a huge difference in the lives of many, many hard-working Canadians and their families,” Rafferty said. “Battling a serious illness like cancer, a stroke, or depression is hard enough on a family and I don’t think we should allow a loss of livelihood to make things worse.”
Rafferty also believes the bill is fair to business since temporary replacement workers still can be hired to fill any affected positions.
“Businesses can still hire temporary staff to fill any vacancies just as they do now,” he noted.
“Every employer and manager that I’ve met respects their employees and would prefer not only that they get the care they need, but that they are also able to come back to work as healthy and productive workers,” Rafferty said.
Rafferty’s bill now awaits second reading before being voted on.
If successful, the bill then will be examined at the Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) committee before returning to the House of Commons for third reading.