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Is Temporary Sick Leave In BC A Reality?

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The Paid Sick Leave in BC has started.  This is from Government Canada news.

Currently, it is for people affected by the Coronavirus, and it will be extended effective January 1, 2022 to other illnesses and injury.  The below information is taken from an article out of Benefits Canada:

Labour Minister Harry Bains introduced the legislation Tuesday, saying it would be effective until Dec. 31 and apply to anyone who shows coronavirus symptoms, self-isolates or gets tested. Employers will be required to pay workers their full wages and those without an existing sick leave program will be reimbursed by the government $200 per day for each worker.

WorkSafeBC, the provincial injury prevention and safety agency, will begin administering the program next month and employers will be required to cover the difference for those workers who earn more than $200 a day.

Bains also said a permanent entitlement to paid personal injury and illness leave would take effect in January 2022, although the number of entitlement days would be determined through consultation in the coming months. “Having paid sick leave is good for businesses, good for workers, good for our communities and will help our economy recover faster,” he said.”

Let’s talk about how this paid sick leave can affect your employee benefit options. Call Glendinning Insurance Services for more information, 250-764-0142.

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