After months of increased pressure on the province, the Ontario government unveiled a program this week that will allow workers to take three paid sick days through the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers will be required to pay workers up to $200 per day for up to three days, and the province will then reimburse the companies for those sick days.
The program is much needed, says Sean Speer, fellow in residence at the Public Policy Forum. On this episode of Crisis Management, he explains why businesses should be facing similar pressure that was placed on the province to introduce paid sick leave. "It's good that we've finally seen this come out of the provincial government, but bad that we haven't seen more employers commit to take this one," he said.