The federal government has done a lot of things to turn heads in the past month or two as it responds to the challenges of a pandemic but the idea of ten paid sick days for employees has caught the attention of more than a few employers who wonder if the Trudeau Liberals have any idea about managing a payroll.
As businesses struggle to find their footing in the topsy-turvy world of a pandemic, the idea of legislating ten paid sick days for workers – equal to two weeks of work – seems like one too many things to deal with.
It’s not that they don’t want to support employees, it just that they already deal with three weeks of paid holidays enshrined in legislation and nearly a dozen stats. And they see public sector workers with EDOs on top of that which amounts to roughly 12 weeks of paid time off. Then adding another two weeks conjures up thoughts of what happened in Greece a few years ago when the economy collapsed under the weight of similar rules forcing thousands to leave the country to find jobs.