New Sick Leave Legislation
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Having to choose between paying rent and bills, or going to work sick knowing you will infect your coworkers and patrons, shouldn’t be a decision workers should have to make.
The BC Government has approved sick leave for workers as of January 1st, 2022.
Our members will now be entitled to take up to 5 days of paid leave and 3 days unpaid leave per year for any personal illness or injury. However, your employer may request reasonable sufficient proof of illness. Members must be employed for 90 days to qualify for the sick days.
This new sick leave benefit has been included in Section 49.1 of the Employment Standards Act (the “Act”). Therefore, the provision applies to employees, regardless of whether they are under a collective agreement or not.
If a collective agreement does not contain any provision relating to one of these subject areas, or if they do not meet or exceed the requirements of the Act, the corresponding Part or section of the Act as specified above, except section 37, is deemed to be incorporated into the collective agreement.
Government links for more information