A CROP-ORHRI survey reveals that Quebec workers now consider paternity leave an accepted practice

    MONTREAL, June 14 /CNW Telbec/ - According to a May 2007 CROP survey
conducted in anticipation of Father's Day for the l'Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du
Québec (ORHRI), just 18 months after it was introduced, paternity leave is
viewed as accepted practice by Quebec workers.
    The survey also indicates that more than nine workers out of ten (94%)
are aware that paternity leave is now available. In addition, 56% said they
knew someone at work who had taken advantage of this type of leave. Under the
new Quebec Parental Insurance Plan, which came into force on January 1, 2006,
employees and self-employed workers are entitled to five weeks of paternity
leave. During this period, fathers receive exclusive benefits amounting to 70%
of their average weekly earnings.

    Open-minded workplaces...

    Interestingly, 87% of respondents think their workplace has a positive
attitude to male workers taking paternity leave. "This figure clearly
indicates that Quebec workplaces are becoming increasingly open and aware of
measures to promote a healthy balance between work and family
responsibilities, for both men and women," commented Florent Francoeur, CHRP,
Ordre President and CEO.

    To learn more...

    The complete results of this CROP-ORHRI survey are available at
www.orhri.org/presse (in French only).

    ORHRI is the primary human resources management and industrial relations
reference organization in Quebec. Recipient of a Grand Prix québécois de la
qualité 2005, it has a membership of over 8,000 dynamic professionals,
including 6,500 CHRPs and CIRCs. It is the only organization authorized by the
Professional Code to confer the designations of certified human resources
professional and certified industrial relations counsellor. Active in all
sectors - businesses, government organizations, unions, academia, consulting
firms - CHRPs and CIRCs work in industrial relations, human resources
management, occupational health and safety and in-house professional

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