Employment Standards for Sick Days

Steps to Justice - CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)

Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) calls time off for illnesses and other personal emergencies "personal emergency leave".

You have the right to personal emergency leave if:

You can take up to 10 days off in each year as personal emergency leave. This can be because of your own needs or the needs of a family member.

Taking part of a day as leave

If you only take part of a day, your employer can count it as one of your 10 days.

For example, if you go to work and leave early because you're sick, your employer can count this as one of your 10 days of personal emergency leave for the year.

But your employer still has to pay you for the hours you worked.

Getting paid

The ESA does not say that your employer has to pay you when you take personal emergency leave.

You might have the right to be paid if: