DECEMBER 20 – WEBINAR – PERSONAL EMERGENCY LEAVE AND CONTRACTUAL BENEFITS – CHARACTERIZING ABSENCES TO AVOID ADDITIONAL LEAVE COSTS IN THE WAKE OF BILL 148

20 Dec DECEMBER 20 – WEBINAR – PERSONAL EMERGENCY LEAVE AND CONTRACTUAL BENEFITS – CHARACTERIZING ABSENCES TO AVOID ADDITIONAL LEAVE COSTS IN THE WAKE OF BILL 148

Wed, Dec 20, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

Starting January 1, 2018, employees in Ontario will be entitled to 2 paid days of Personal Emergency Leave (“PEL”) and 8 unpaid days of PEL. At present, the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) only provides employees with 10 unpaid days of PEL. PEL can be used for:

  1. a personal illness, injury or medical emergency;
  2. the death, illness, injury or medical emergency of certain members of the employee’s family, like their spouse or child; or
  3. an urgent matter concerning certain members of the employee’s family.
Many employers provide for leaves of absence or sick days that are equal to or are more generous than an employee’s PEL entitlements under the ESA. In certain situations, those employers may be entitled to count a specific day of leave or sick day against the employee’s PEL days under the ESA either because they are providing a “greater benefit” than the ESA entitlement, or they are providing for an equal entitlement.
Both unionized and non-unionized employers that wish to count leaves or sick days toward an employee’s PEL entitlements under the ESA will need to take steps to ensure that policies and collective agreements reflect the new PEL entitlements.
In this half-hour webinar, DS Sector Labour and Employment lawyer, Cheryl Wiles Pooran will review the law as it applies to both union and non-union employers and discuss best practices for addressing PEL in your workplace in the wake of Bill 148.
We hope you will join us. Registered here