Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan changes rules around sick leave to provide unpaid leave for workers during COVID-19

The Saskatchewan government is changing labour laws to provide unpaid leave for workers during a public health emergency.

Removes requirement of 13 consecutive work weeks to qualify for sick leave

The provincial government announced it is changing labour laws to provide unpaid leave for workers during a public health emergency. (Mark Taylor/The Canadian Press)

The Saskatchewan government is changing labour laws to provide unpaid leave for workers during a public health emergency.

The government made the announcement as it confirmed its eighth positive COVID-19 test, one more than a day earlier.

Health officials say the new case is someone in their 50s who was tested in Regina after returning from a dental conference in Vancouver.

The labour law changes remove a requirement that someone must work at least 13 consecutive weeks at a job before qualifying for sick leave.

They also remove the provision that requires a doctor's note to qualify for sick leave.

Labour Minister Don Morgan said no one should lose their job because they are doing what they are asked by health officials during a public health emergency.

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