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Taking Time Off for Personal or Family Reasons - Common questions

Common questions

Does going on leave affect my right to take a vacation?

No. For workers covered by the Employment Standards Act, their employment is considered to continue while they’re on leave. This rule applies when it comes to calculating your entitlement to vacation and vacation pay. Generally, the idea is you shouldn’t be put in a better or worse position for having taken leave.

If I don’t take family responsibility leave during the year, does it carry over to the following year?

No. You can’t “bank” family responsibility leave from year-to-year if you don’t use it. Workers covered by the Employment Standards Act are entitled to five days per year, regardless of whether they took leave in the year prior.