Ask the ExpertPersonal Emergency Leave
hri_Admin Staff asked 5 years ago

I was wondering what information you have on Personal Emergency Leave. Any information would help.

1 Answers
Glenn Demby Staff answered 5 years ago

We cover changes to PEL in our broader analysis of Bill 148. (There’s a big chart summarizing the changes.) But here’s a quick overview:
PEL existed before (under Section 50 of the Ontario Employment Standards Act); but Bill 148 changes Sec. 50 to make PEL more generous for employees. 3 changes:

  1. BEFORE: PEL was required at workplaces with 50 or more employees; BILL 148: Now PEL is required at ALL workplaces
  2. BEFORE: Employees had 10 days of PEL; BILL 148: Employees still have 10 days but now at least 2 of them MUST BE PAID
  3. BEFORE: Employers could require employees to provide a doctor’s note certifying need for PEL; BILL 148: Employers can still demand evidence of need for PEL but CAN’T insist on a doctor’s note

All of the previous PEL rules remain unchanged, e.g., with regard to

  • What injuries, illnesses and personal emergencies justify employee’s taking PEL
  • Employee obligations to notify employers when they take PEL
  • PELs taken on public holidays, ETC.