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CLIENT MEMO
TO:           Business Clients FROM:   James D.L. Kerr Lawyer
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            Certified Specialist Civil Litigation
DATE:      September 8, 2004
Updated:  October 26, 2011
RE:       FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE AND PERSONAL EMERGENCY LEAVE


FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE:

Ontario workers are entitled to take up to eight weeks off work to care for a gravely ill family member.

The Employment Standards Amendment Act (Family Medical Leave), 2004, which came into effect on June 29, 2004, allows eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for employees who wish to take time off work to provide care and support for a family member at significant risk of dying within 26 weeks. All Ontario workers covered by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 - including part-time and contract employees - are eligible to take this leave.

The Ministry of Labour has prepared and updated a fact sheet to explain family medical leave provisions to employers and employees. That fact sheet can be found online at:

 <http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/family.php>.

PERSONAL EMERGENCY LEAVE:

Some employees have the right to take up to 10 days of unpaid job-protected leave each calendar year due to illness, injury and certain other emergencies and urgent matters. This is known as personal emergency leave.  Only employees who work for employers that regularly employ at least 50 employees are eligible for personal emergency leave.

For more information, see the Ministry of Labour's fact sheet at:

<http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/emergency.php>

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