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

1. Find out if you’re covered by the Employment Standards Act

Ontario's (ESA) has rules about minimum standards that employers must follow. These include rules about personal emergency leave.

But not all jobs are covered by the ESA. And, for some jobs, only parts of the ESA apply.

Use the Ministry of Labour's online tool called Industries and Jobs with Exemptions or Special Rules to find out:

  • if your job is covered by the ESA
  • which ESA rules apply to you

You can also call the Ministry's Employment Standards Information Centre at 1-800-531-5551, 416-326-7160, or 1-866-567-8893 (TTY).

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