Are Workers Paid for “Snow Days”?

The 2019 Winter Season has seen a record number of “snow days” which resulted in people not being able to go to work. Are workers eligible to be paid for these “snow days”?

Under the Employment Standards Act (ESA), if there are “circumstances beyond the employer’s control” including stormy weather, the employer does not have to pay for cancelled shifts even if the worker showed up for work and was sent home.

If the worker’s shift is not cancelled and they are required to show up for work, they could use a Personal Emergency Leave day, particularly if their children have the day off school.

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