Do I get time off for illnesses and other personal emergencies?
2. Find out how you can use personal emergency leave
You can use personal emergency leave if you:
- are sick or injured
- have a medical emergency
A medical emergency includes surgery that's set up in advance, if you need it for medical reasons.
Time off because of a family member
You can use personal emergency leave because a family member:
- is sick or injured
- has a medical emergency
- has an “urgent matter”
What’s an “urgent matter”
Something is an urgent matter if:
- it wasn't planned and it's out of your control, and
- there could be serious problems if nothing is done to deal with it.
Here are some examples of what might be an urgent matter:
- your babysitter cancels and there's no one to look after your child
- your child is having problems at school and you have to have a meeting at the school during your work hours
- a family member dies
- you have an elderly parent with Alzheimer's disease and their neighbour calls you to say that your parent is being evicted and the locks are being changed