B.C. workers now eligible for COVID-related paid sick leave

The government of B.C. is mandating paid sick leave for employees forced to take time off from work due to COVID-19.

Under the COVID-19 Sick-Leave Reimbursement Program, workers can take three days of paid sick leave if they must remain home due to COVID-related reasons. That includes if they are waiting for a COVID test result, if they are diagnosed with COVID, if they need to self isolate or self monitor, if they are following a public health order, or if they are told to by their employer because of an exposure risk.

A doctor’s note is not required to take a sick day, and both full-time and part-time employees are eligible to receive their full pay for the days missed. If employers do not have a sick leave program, the government will reimburse them up to $200 a day for workers’ wages.

Employers can apply for the province’s reimbursement program through Worksafe BC. The program is available for sick leave taken from May 20, 2021 onwards, and runs until December 31, 2021.

For more information or to apply, visit WorkSafe BC, or the B.C. government.