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Details announced on B.C. s paid sick leave program coming into effect next year

Details announced on B.C. s paid sick leave program coming into effect next year
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B.C. s permanent paid sick leave program, which is being implemented in the new year, will be a minimum of five days long, the province s labour minister announced Wednesday.

Harry Bains gave the update in an afternoon news conference, saying B.C. is the first province to implement a permanent, five-day program. The paid sick leave will begin Jan. 1.

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"I firmly believe that no worker should have to choose to work sick or stay home and lose wages," Bains said. "This announcement means B.C. will lead all other provinces."

"This has made a big difference to workers who can stay home and get healthy with peace of e mind. To employers who are ensuring that customers and employees are safe, and to our community by reducing the spread of COVID-19," Bains said. "Now we must look to the future."

Then, in the fall, B.C. opened a public survey asking residents for their thought on the plan. Three options were presented: three, five and 10 days of employer-paid sick leave.

Bains said five days was "a sustainable solution given the challenges faced by many sectors."

The government has previously said about half of B.C. employees don t have access to paid sick leave right now.
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