Do I get time off for illnesses and other personal emergencies?

Ontario's (ESA) calls time off for illnesses and other personal emergencies “personal emergency leave”. You have the right to personal emergency leave if you're covered by the ESA.

Length of personal emergency leave

You can take up to 10 days off each year as personal emergency leave. This can be because of your needs or the needs of a family member.

And you can take up to 10 days even if you started working for your employer partway through the year.

For example, if you start work on September 1, you can take up to 10 days personal emergency leave between September 1 and December 31. And in the following year, you can take up to 10 days personal emergency leave between January 1 and December 31.

Taking part of a day as leave

If you only take part of a day, your employer can count it as one of your 10 days.

For example, if you go to work and leave early because you're sick, your employer can count this as one of your 10 days of personal emergency leave for the year.

Getting paid

If you take part of a day off as personal emergency leave, your employer still has to pay you your for the hours you worked.

And you have the right to be paid for 2 days of personal emergency leave each year if you've been working for your employer at least one week.

The ESA does not say that your employer has to pay you for more than 2 days of personal emergency leave in a year.

You might have the right to be paid for more than 2 days of personal emergency leave if:

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