September 25, 2017

Paid Sick Days

Our demands:

  • At least 7 paid sick days per year
  • No requirement for medical notes
  • No exemption from providing unpaid personal emergency leave for employers with 49 workers or less

What our movement won in Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act
10 days of personal emergency leave days will be extended to all workers and 2 of those days will be paid, as of January 1, 2018 - a first in Canada. No doctor’s note will be required to access any of these days. The new labour laws also provide access to 10 days leave for workers facing domestic or sexual violence, 5 of which will be paid.

When we started the $15 & Fairness Campaign, almost one in three Ontario workers were without sick leave protection. Businesses with less than 50 employees were exempt from the requirement of providing 10 days of job-protected, unpaid personal emergency leave. Many employers required medical notes from doctors in order for workers to be able to take a day off. All of this meant that most workers could simply not afford to get sick.

The new leave protections that will come into effect January 1, 2018, represent an important step forward. But we will keep mobilizing to win 7 paid sick days for all so that workers are better able to take care of their health and that of their families.


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