Pilot project alters emergency leave

New rules come after employer feedback to Ontario government’s workplace review
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/21/2017

Back in 2001, Ontario introduced a Personal Emergency Leave as part of its Employment Standards Act. The change meant employees at workplaces with 50 or more workers could take up to 10 days of unpaid leave due to personal illness, injury or medical emergency, or a death, illness, medical emergency or urgent matter related to family members.

While meant to provide support and protection for employees, the leave proved a challenge for employers trying to balance workers’ rights with business needs, and in figuring out how the leave worked with benefits such as paid sick days offered by employers.

If an employer agreement (including a collective agreement) provided a greater right or benefit than the personal emergency leave standard, the terms of the contract applied instead.