Kelowna chamber believes paid sick leave will hurt small businesses – Kelowna News – .

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Kelowna chamber believes paid sick leave will hurt small businesses – Kelowna News – .


The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is not happy that the BC government has imposed paid sick leave of up to five days.

The chamber is concerned this could have a negative effect on small businesses, which already have enough to deal with during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The timing of the announcement was surprising as we were hoping the province would engage the business community a bit more ahead of a decision,” chamber board chairman Jeffrey Robinson said in a press release. . “Given the current fragility of the economy, we recently contacted the Minister of Labor to ask him to suspend the implementation of what, at the time, the government suggested could reach up to ten days of illness. paid. “

The chamber says most large employers have already implemented and can afford paid sick leave, so it is concerned about small businesses that do not have paid sick leave in their budget.

“Many businesses have resisted this pandemic, but very few are thriving,” said Robinson. “Our members are emotionally and financially exhausted. The additional cost of the new permanent paid sick leave program adds to the cumulative impact of increased taxes and costs. “

Robinson pointed out that businesses have already had to absorb the recent costs of the employer health tax, property tax hikes and pandemic safety measures.

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