It might end up leading to the demise of Doug Ford’s brilliant plan to take everyone’s sick days away from them and his equally brilliant idea of forcing them into clinics and doctor’s offices to get excuse notes and infect even more people in the process.
The Ontario government announced Sunday that it was drafting legislation to ban employers from requiring sick notes for those in self-isolation or quarantine as it introduced further measures meant to stem the spread of COVID-19.
The bill would include a number of measures aimed at helping workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, a spokeswoman for Premier Doug Ford said.
Under the legislation, employers would have to ensure protected leave for workers who have to take unpaid leave to be in self-isolation or quarantine.
“Our government is protecting workers so they can focus on their own health, and the health of their families and communities, without fear of losing their jobs,” Ford said in a statement Sunday.
Shortly after coming to office in 2018, Ford’s government repealed labour legislation introduced by the previous government that gave workers two paid sick days a year and banned the practice of requiring sick notes.