The B.C. government previously announced that paid sick days will be provided to all employees regulated by the Employment Standards Act on January 1, 2022. Consultation is underway regarding the number of days: in the survey, the options are 3, 5 or 10-day leaves, all employer-paid. The survey is open until October 25, 2021.
With other major business associations, RCC signed a letter to the province asking that the implementation of these paid sick days be delayed until after the pandemic is over. Too many retail businesses made vulnerable by the pandemic cannot afford the additional labour costs involved at this time. As with minimum wage changes, RCC’s preference is always that governments provide 6 months or more notice of change to allow businesses to properly plan and budget for the additional costs.
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