Province to legislate three paid sick days

Ontario to give workers 3 paid sick days, reimburse businesses costs

"On April 29, 2021, the Ontario Government will introduce the COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, which would require employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid leave because of certain reasons related to COVID-19", reads a description of the proposed COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit on the province's website.

"Provinces need to work on a way to deliver sick leave directly through employers, which the federal government can't do", he said. But Ottawa simply can not solve the problems that come with the Tories' insistence on using a federal program to do what should be done by provincial labour legislation.

"It is a tremendously positive step that the federal government has signalled their willingness to continue discussions on the CRSB".

The government has been taking considerable flak for not instituting paid sick leave, so today, the Ford government announced legislation that, if passed, will offer up to three paid sick days per employee to help Ontarians stay safe as we combat the third wave of COVID-19. Paid sick leave was never going to be a silver bullet, but this meaningfully pushes the dial in the right direction.

Contingent on approval by the feds, this will raise the federal paid sick day program to $1,000 a week for four weeks.

If the arrangement can be made, he said, Ontario workers would have the most generous paid pandemic leave in the country.

Experts warned that without proper paid sick days, community transmission of COVID-19 would remain high in Ontario due to the prevalence of outbreaks at essential workplaces.

For my part, I think McNaughton is telling the truth, and I think he's correct: Ontario workers will be more protected with these measures than they are now, and some will have an easier time making the decision to stay home when they're sick.

Constitutionally, provinces are responsible for employment laws like paid sick leave, however, Ontario and British Columbia had been calling for changes to the federal benefit.

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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, however, said the proposal to provide three paid sick days for now "isn't enough".

Last week, Premier Doug Ford promised the province would implement its own sick-leave program after criticizing the federal government for not enhancing its Canadian Recovery Sickness Benefit.

People can collect to treat COVID-19 or symptoms including mental health as well as time off to get vaccinated.

"The government didn't have their backs and I would argue that they don't now".

The federal program Ford is trying to supplement provides workers with $450 a week after tax.

"We know that other jurisdictions have done much better and this government could have done better but chose not to and people will still have to make really hard decisions because three days of paid sick leave is not enough if you are battling with COVID-19".

Bethlenfalvy said Tuesday that Ontario would give the federal government funding to double its existing benefit if Ottawa would administer the topped-up payment to workers in the province.

"That's not going to stop the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces and it's not going to stop the deaths", she said.

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