P.E.I.’s emergency sick leave provisions will end when mandatory COVID-19 isolation does – CBC

‘We’re putting workers in an impossible position,’ says Green MLA

Nov 23, 2022

A provision of the Employment Standards Act that allows extended, emergency unpaid sick leave for workers isolating with COVID-19 will no longer be in effect once mandatory isolation requirements end, the P.E.I. government has confirmed.

The province’s chief public health officer has said the five-day mandatory isolation period for those who test positive for COVID will not be extended beyond the end of November.

By eliminating the requirement for employers to allow time off for workers to isolate, the province is “putting workers in an impossible position, to make a choice that no worker should ever have to choose,” said Green MLA Trish Altass.

Altass said workers will now have to decide whether to show up to work sick, or stay home at the risk of losing their job.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-covid-isolation-sick-leave-1.6662266

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