Ontario Announces COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

The Ontario government has introduced legislation to provide up to three paid sick leave days to eligible employees if they are taken for reasons related to COVID-19, says a Hicks Morley’s ‘FTRNow.’ The program would be retroactive to April 19 and remain in effect until September 25, the date the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) ends. If passed, the ‘COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act’ will require employers to provide eligible employees with up to $200 per day for each of the three sick days. The sick days do not need to be taken consecutively and, while a medical note will not be required, employees may be required to provide evidence reasonable in the circumstances for entitlement to the leave. Eligible employers may seek reimbursement from the Ontario government of up to $200 per employee day taken (depending on the applicable wage rate of affected employees) if they apply within 120 days of the paid leave being taken. Details regarding the sick leave have been published at Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit.