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Sat Feb 26, 2022, 11:26 AM

Federal labour minister pushing provinces to mandate paid sick leave

Posted: Feb 25, 2022 6:00 AM NT | Last Updated: February 25

Federal Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan is calling on Newfoundland and Labrador and other Canadian provinces to make paid sick leave mandatory.

Right now, businesses in N.L. are required only to give workers seven sick days but aren't required to pay staff for those days off.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, various labour groups, public health officials and members of Parliament have been pushing to make paid sick leave mandatory. The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour says some employees have forced themselves to go to work while sick, possibly while being infected with the coronavirus, because they cannot afford to miss a day of work. Now the federal government wants to mandate 10 paid sick days for all workers.

O'Regan says 58 per cent of Canadian workers don't have paid sick leave.



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