Posted on May 17, 2021
NDP Drafts Paid Sick Leave Bill for Alberta Workers, Demands Legislature Reopen to get it Passed
Alberta’s NDP has drafted a bill to be presented in the legislature to provide Albertans with 10 days of paid sick leave while the province battles the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bill, titled The Employment Standards Code Amendment Act (COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave) would provide 10 days of paid sick leave to any Albertan who is ill or in quarantine. It would reimburse employers the cost paid out to employees for the time, and is a temporary program that would remain in place until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today we should be inside the Legislature doing the people’s business and protecting Alberta families and businesses from the COVID pandemic. The Kenney government is forcing millions of Albertans to go into work because they simply cannot afford to stay home and miss a pay cheque. Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia have all brought forward paid sick leave legislation to help people do the right thing and stay home.”
- Christina Gray