Paid Personal Emergency Leave Days for Daily OTs
The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (also called “Bill 148”) is new legislation that came into effect on January 1, 2018. Bill 148 amends several pieces of Ontario labour legislation, including the Employment Standards Act (ESA). The ESA now entitles employees who have been employed for at least a week with an employer to access two paid Personal Emergency Leave days and 8 unpaid Personal Emergency Leave days per calendar year.
The paid Personal Emergency Leave entitlement under the ESA would apply to Daily Occasional Teachers who have been employed for at least a week with their school board and currently do not have access to paid leave.
A Daily Occasional Teacher would be entitled to up to two days of paid Personal Emergency Leave days per calendar year due to:
• Personal illness; or
• Death, illness, injury, medical emergency or urgent matter relating to family members as defined in the ESA.
Although each personal emergency situation is unique, the entitlement to a paid Personal Emergency Leave day for a Daily Occasional Teacher may apply when a previously scheduled/booked assignment needs to be cancelled due to an emergency (to a maximum of two Personal Emergency Leave days per calendar year).
The Ministry of Labour’s website includes a section with frequently asked questions about Personal Emergency Leave. Members with questions about this leave entitlement can check the section through this link:
Until a protocol with the Board has been finalized, if you need to make a request for paid Personal Emergency Leave from the board please contact Lara Waterhouse, President TLOTL at 705.934.3836 as soon as possible to discuss the matter.