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Ontario introduces new paid COVID-19 leave funding legislation

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: Employees who have to miss work, due to COVID-19, will now be eligible for up to three paid sick days.

On Wednesday, April 28th, the Ontario provincial government announced they would be introducing legislation, which would “require employers to provide employees with up to $200 of pay for up to three days if they are missing work because of COVID-19,” according to a provincial press release. This new program will be in effect until September 25th.

“By providing time-limited access to three paid leave days, the province is ensuring employees can pay their bills as they help stop the spread of the virus, including by getting tested, waiting for their results in isolation, or going to get their vaccine. The province will partner with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to deliver the program and reimburse employers up to $200 per day for each employee,” the press release added.

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