Legislative reversal in Ontario presents challenges for employers

Bill 47 does away with personal emergency leave, ‘causes confusion’: Expert
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2019
Doug Ford
Upon taking office, Ontario Premier Doug Ford quickly moved to reverse legislation affecting employers in the province. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The elimination of two mandatory paid emergency leave (PEL) days through Bill 47 has Ontario employers facing a tough decision, according to experts.

In November 2018, the provincial Progressive Conservative government implemented legislation through the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, granting workers eight days of unpaid absence for sickness, family leave and bereavement leave.

Eleven months previous, the Liberal government had approved Bill 148, altering the Employment Standards Act (ESA) so Ontario workers were entitled to two paid PEL days off each year and a further eight unpaid PEL days, for which no medical documentation could be requested by employers.