The Paid Sick Leave Program is the second COVID-related sick leave program in Canada. Ontario announced theirs last week.
“Manitoba’s new pandemic sick leave program will provide employers with up to $ 600 per employee for up to five full days of COVID-19 related sick leave, which does not have to be taken consecutively,” Pallister said on Friday.
“Eligible sick leave related to COVID-19 includes testing, vaccinations and side effects, self-isolation due to symptoms of COVID-19, or caring for a loved one in any of the previously mentioned circumstances. . “
The move is a bit of an about-face for the Prime Minister, who has championed the idea of paid sick leave for those who have to self-isolate due to COVID-19, but still said the federal government should lay the groundwork and foot the bill. .
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What are you entitled to under Ontario’s new paid sick leave program?
Private sector, non-profit and charitable employers with eligible employees will be eligible for assistance. However, employers who already grant sick leave will not be eligible, including federal, provincial and local governments.
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The program starts on Friday May 7 and ends on September 25.
Applications will soon be available here: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/programs/.
The Manitoba Federation of Labor said it was unhappy that the program was voluntary and not legislated.
“This will only apply to workplaces that decide to provide paid sick days,” they said.
“A provincial program designed to address the gaps in the Canadian recovery illness benefit should not create more gaps by design. All workers should have access to paid sick days, regardless of their employer’s decisions. “
Pallister said on April 22 that he hoped to see a paid sick leave program in the recent federal budget, but he was disappointed not to show up.
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However, labor rights are the responsibility of each province.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford recently announced a sick leave program for his province.
Called Ontario’s COVID-19 Workers’ Safety Net Program, it was announced on April 28 and will reimburse employers for 100 percent of an employee’s salary up to a maximum of $ 200 per day for three days.
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Pallister also announced a doubling of enforcement fines for scofflaws who violate public health orders.
“You’ll pay your fines,” he said, noting people who won’t have their driver’s licenses renewed or their wages garnished.
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