Bill 148 – Personal Emergency Leave (PEL) Days


All Bill 148 – Personal Emergency Leave (PEL) Days information is available below.


Posted: January 29, 2018
Category: Personal Emergency Leave (PEL) Days

Greater Right or Benefit

If a provision in a collective agreement or in terms and conditions of employment provide an employee a greater right or benefit than a minimum employment standard provision under the ESA the collective agreement provision will prevail.

Entitlement

Effective January 1, 2018, employees employed for greater than one week are entitled to 10 PEL days – 2 paid and 8 unpaid per calendar year for the following reasons:

  1. personal illness, injury or medical emergency
    or
  2. death, illness, injury, medical emergency or urgent matter relating to the following family members:
    • spouse (includes both married and unmarried couples, of the same or opposite genders)
    • parent, step-parent, foster parent, child, step-child, foster child, grandparent, step-grandparent, grandchild or step-grandchild of the employee or the employee’s spouse
    • spouse of the employee’s child
    • brother or sister of the employee
    • relative of the employee who is dependent on the employee for care or assistance

How to Request a Personal Emergency Leave (PEL) Day

To request a PEL day complete this form and submit to your immediate supervisor as soon as possible either prior to or following your absence.  Your supervisor will determine if your request qualifies for a PEL day.  The employee will be notified if the day qualifies or not.  Once approved the Administrative Assistant will process accordingly.

Posted: January 29, 2018
Category: Personal Emergency Leave (PEL) Days

Personal Emergency Medical Leaves (PEL) Q&A

Who is entitled to PEL days?

All employees with at least one week of service with Niagara College.

What are the reasons for which a PEL can be requested?
  1. personal illness, injury or medical emergency
    or
  2. death, illness, injury, medical emergency or an urgent matter relating to the following family members:
    • spouse (includes both married and unmarried couples, of the same or opposite genders)
    • parent, step-parent, foster parent, child, step-child, foster child, grandparent, step-grandparent, grandchild or step-grandchild of the employee or the employee’s spouse
    • spouse of the employee’s child
    • brother or sister of the employee
    • relative of the employee who is dependent on the employee for care or assistance
How many PEL days can I take?

10 PEL Days per calendar year.

How many PEL days are paid?

2 of the 10 days are paid per calendar year.

How are PEL days calculated?

Paid PEL days will be calculated as: Hours scheduled to work on the PEL day X the regular hourly rate for those hours.
Please note that the PEL days will only be paid once the department has confirmed that the PEL Request form has been completed and signed by the employee and approved by the department.

Do I have to take full days or can partial days be taken?

If you are absent for reasons approved through the PEL entitlement you will be marked for a full day regardless of whether or not, you worked some hours on the day in question. Partial days are counted as one full day. If a partial PEL day is to be paid, the PEL payment will be calculated as above for the hours absent.

If I’m covered under a collective agreement that already provides other entitlements such as sick/bereavement days, am I entitled to a PEL day?

Yes, all employees are entitled to PEL days. If, however, you have other entitlements (sick days, bereavement days) it may be taken simultaneously with a PEL day. (Please refer to question #8)

How are PEL days administered if I have entitlements through collective agreements or terms and conditions of employment?

Scenario 1
An employee with an entitlement of 10 sick days calls in sick and has not requested any previous PEL days. If the employee still has sick days in his/her sick bank the sick bank will be deducted by 1 sick day and the number of entitled PEL paid days will be reduced by 1 simultaneously.

Scenario 2
An employee’s child is hospitalized suddenly and the employee needs 1 day off from work. The employee does not have family sick day entitlements as part of his/her collective agreement or his/her terms and conditions of employment. If the employee has not used their 2 paid PEL days, they will have access to 1 paid PEL day. If paid PEL days have been used, this would qualify as an unpaid PEL day.

Where can I go for further information/clarification?

You can discuss this with your supervisor or any member of the HR Team.