Province and feds spar over paid sick leave package

A bridge too far, three paid sick a proposal too days per employee. short?

The Ford government and federal Monte Mc- Labour Minister branch sparred Naughton will unveil the legislation earlier this week over a potential Thursday morning, which would paid sick leave package for workers in Ontario and require employers to provide employees with up to abroad, after weeks of uncertainty and statements by the they are missing $200 of pay for up to three days if Premier over support.

The province announced Wednesday evening that it would be bringing legislation forward work because of COVID-19. The program will be retroactive to Apr. 19, 2021 and effective until Sep. 25, the date the to double payments made Prime Minister CRSB will expire. through the Justin Trudeau Canada Recovery said in a news conference Tuesday Sickness Benefit (CRSB) program, along with up to afternoon that employers must be involved in such decisions.

“Provinces need to look at the way to deliver it simply, directly through employers which the federal government can’t do,” Trudeau said. On the same day, McNaughton said such a deal with the feds would only be possible if Ottawa handled the rollout, with the province footing the bill.

In a letter to federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, provincial Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy said the province was ready to deliver on its promise and would pay employees immediately. In response to the letter, Freeland’s office responded in a statement that “when the (province) is ready to implement Sick Leave in businesses that are regulated, as we have done at the federal level, we will help.”

To some, including NDP leader Andrea Horwath, the measures still aren’t enough. “This action is coming far too late. Too late to stop COVID-19 from getting out of control. Too late for workers who have already gotten sick,” said Horwath. “Three sick days is not enough.” A paid Sick Days program was introduced by the former provincial Liberal government when it came to power in 2018 but was scrapped by the Ford government after they took office.

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