Should B.C. mandate employers provide paid sick leave?

Poll: Sick leave law

Many employers already provide staff with paid sick leave, and additional regulations could "impact an organization’s ability to hire new staff, provide raises, or remain viable," the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce says.

The chamber related its concerns about permanent, paid sick leave during a virtual roundtable Oct. 14 with Labour Minister Harry Bains and Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu.

"We appreciate Minister Bains and MLA Sandhu meeting with us so we can understand more about the government's proposed permanent, paid sick leave and they can hear first-hand concerns coming from local businesses and non-profits," said chamber president Robin Cardew.

"Businesses and non-profits, as employers, want to ensure their workforce is healthy and treated equitably and compassionately. In fact, many employers are already providing their staff with paid sick leave. It's important for government to understand, though, that businesses and non-profits operate within limited financial structures."

In August, the chamber wrote to the provincial government, pointing out that employers already provide a financial investment in their employees, via Canada Pension Plan and employment insurance premiums, the employer health tax, WorkSafeBC, and vacation pay.

"On top of those costs, many employers provide their employees and families with extended health benefits while many already voluntarily have paid sick leave. When everything is combined, the total cost can equate to 30 per cent above wages," the chamber wrote.

Read more

Have an opinion? Send it to [email protected]

Previous Polls

December 5, 2021 - 10653 votes
Have you seen an uptick in scam phone calls over the past year?

Yes: 9692
No: 961

December 4, 2021 - 20455 votes
Will you get a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes: 12548
No: 6610
Unsure: 1297

December 2, 2021 - 7541 votes
Do you agree with the province charging $10 for Freedom of Information requests?

Yes: 2429
No: 4676
Unsure: 436

December 1, 2021 - 6851 votes
Are you happy in your job?

Happy: 3295
Unhappy: 1797
It's just a job: 1759

November 30, 2021 - 17498 votes
Should the province reinstate tolls on the Coquihalla Highway once it re-opens to help pay for the cost of repairs?

Yes: 9069
No: 7639
Unsure: 790

Previous Poll Results

Have you seen an uptick in scam phone calls over the past year?

Total Votes:  10653

» Previous Polls

Have an idea for a poll question?
Email us [email protected]