This leave only applies when a government agency declares an emergency because of a weather emergency, natural disaster, public health emergency or other event. The leave does not apply to personal emergencies or illnesses that are not part of a declared emergency.
The leave can be available when:
This leave is available to employees:
The information that the employee needs to give the employer to prove that they are entitled to the emergency leave will depend on the circumstances of the emergency. For example, during a pandemic illness emergency, public health officials may advise that people not go to the doctor unless seriously ill, so requiring a medical certificate would not be reasonable.
During an emergency leave, employers must let an employee keep up at their own expense any benefits plans, if the employee chooses to do so.
The emergency leave ends when the employee:
When an employee returns from emergency leave the employee must be accepted back into the same position or a comparable one with no loss of seniority or benefits.
If you have any questions, please contact Labour Standards.