Canada Back-to-back rallies aim to press B.C. government for 10 paid sick days a year

02:05  26 october  2021
02:05  26 october  2021 Source:   globalnews.ca

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I get exactly 0 paid sick days and if I took 10 UNPAID sick days in a year that would put me on the list that they review yearly and follow up with the "problem" employees. But Ford rolled the 10 days sick leave back to 3 in 2018. Lest we forget. My company used to give us 10 paid sick days a year .

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The BC Federation of Labour will host dual rallies in Surrey and Burnaby on Monday afternoon in an effort to pressure the provincial government to implement 10 days of annual paid sick leave.

The BC Federation of Labour hosts a rally supporting 10 days of annual paid sick leave outside the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Mon. Oct. 25, 2021. © Twitter/BC Federation of Labour The BC Federation of Labour hosts a rally supporting 10 days of annual paid sick leave outside the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Mon. Oct. 25, 2021.

Monday is the last day residents can weigh in on the province's employer-paid sick leave policy, whose details — including the number of days covered — have not been ironed out.

Federation president Laird Cronk said he's "optimistic" the province will choose 10, as opposed to the other proposals of three or five.

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Read more: How much paid sick leave should be offered in B.C.? Residents can weigh in until Monday

"I think there's a reasonable plan in place and I think it's on their option sheet," he said in an interview.

"Look, I ran a small business — a construction and electrical company. I wouldn't want workers to come to work and make two or three other electricians sick."

Studies in New York and San Francisco, where robust paid sick leave policies have been implemented, suggest the program had a "negligible" impact on the cost of business, he said.

Workers who are sick recover more quickly at home, Cronk added, and save employers from having to bring in replacements for other workers they've infected.

Video: The push for 10 days of paid sick leave

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How to use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees' coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). The claim starts on the first day of the first pay period, and You must keep the following records for 3 years after the date you receive the payment for your claim Do not contact HMRC unless it has been more than 10 working days since you have made your claim

Employers will be able to bring back furloughed employees part-time from July - although they will be expected to share the cost of paying people's salaries. Ria Fortin only started her job as a coordinator with Morepour, a cellar and bar installation and maintenance company, four months ago. Now, she has been furloughed. "There was an intake of breath when I was paid . It was not as much as I have been used to," says the 34- year -old, who has just bought a home with her self-employed partner.

British Columbia's paid sick leave legislation will take effect on Jan. 1, but the government aims to formalize the policy by the end of November.

Organizers will circulate a petition at the rallies in Surrey and Burnaby, both scheduled for 4 p.m., calling for a "moderate" 10 days a year. They held one Monday morning as well, outside the legislature in Victoria.

"The government is grappling with the question of what you do with businesses, but many businesses are doing exceptionally well," said Cronk.

"It's kind of like when they built in holiday pay 30, 40 years ago. I'm sure there was a concern about the economy of it, but you build it in."

Read more: New report outlines ‘urgent need’ for permanent paid sick leave in Nova Scotia

According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, nearly half of its members have not returned to pre-pandemic revenues.

In a survey the group conducted, 68 per cent of respondents said they didn't support 10 days of annual employer-paid sick leave, with more than eight in 10 citing costs as the problem.

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Sick leave (or paid sick days or sick pay ) is paid time off from work that workers can use to stay home to address their health needs without losing pay .

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick . If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days ) before the person has any 10 Things You Can Do to Manage COVID-19 at Home.

The organization has argued that if the government intends to bring in the policy, it should also be responsible for funding it.

Video: New poll suggest B.C. small businesses can’t afford paid sick leave

"They have record numbers of debt, we’re talking of upward of $129,000, and recovery’s not quite there — there’s a lot of uncertainty,” Seth Scott, the business group's senior policy analyst for B.C. and northern Canada, told Global News in an earlier interview.

"Businesses are very concerned about this. They can not afford another cost right now … clearly businesses are not feeling so great about the economic outlook in both the short and the long term.”

Read more: Health-care workers press Trudeau to keep his campaign promise on paid sick leave

During the election campaign earlier this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised his government would implement 10 paid sick days for federal workers, up from the current three.

According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the only provinces that currently enforce employer-paid sick leave are Quebec and Prince Edward Island, with two days and one day per year, respectively.

Others, including B.C., allow workers to take between three and 12 days of unpaid sick leave.

British Columbians can participate in a survey on the proposed options here.

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