Employers told to use honour system for sick leave as Alberta limits PCR testing – CBC

Province launches form for Albertans to document rapid test results

Jan 12, 2022

With the province choosing to ration PCR tests, most Albertans will have to rely on at-home rapid tests for proof of COVID-19 infection.

That change means employers, workers and insurance companies are now navigating how to handle work absences without official proof of COVID-19 infection.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, announced Monday that due to demand PCR testing was being limited to people at risk of severe outcomes or who live or work in high-risk settings.

As a result, she asked employers to not have sick leave tied to official documentation.

“I urge employers and organizations to not require proof of a positive COVID-19 result to support sick leave requests right now,” she said.

“Anyone who has COVID symptoms almost certainly has COVID and should just be staying home.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/employers-told-to-use-honour-system-for-sick-leave-as-alberta-limits-pcr-testing-1.631160

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