British Columbia has reached out to key stakeholders and Indigenous partners and is now inviting residents of the province to participate in a public consultation.
In the first phase, the government will collect information from employers and workers on the types of paid sickness and accident leave currently offered and how they meet the needs of workers. This will run until September 14, 2021.
As a result of the initial investigation, the government will prepare options for various models of paid sick leave, including the number of days paid and other supports, which will be open for public comment. This second phase of the consultation will take place from September 20 to October 25, 2021.
It comes shortly after British Columbia officially announced that full-time and part-time employees in the province can take up to three hours of paid leave to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Currently, British Columbia reimburses employers up to $ 200 per day for workers who are absent from work and use the Temporary Paid Sick Leave program.
âProviding paid sick leave to all employees in British Columbia will be a big change for many businesses, especially small businesses. That is why I encourage all members of SBBC to participate in this consultation process, âsaid Tom Conway, Managing Director of Small Business BC (SBBC). âIt is important that the government understands how this will affect businesses so that the new requirements are reasonable and practical. “