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  • Paying an employee who is unable to work due to positive COVID-19 diagnosis

     Shraddha updated 11 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Daisi

    Member
    May 17, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    As an employer do I have to pay an employee who is unable to work due to a positive diagnosis of COVID-19?

    • This discussion was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by  Daisi.
  • Shraddha

    Moderator
    May 17, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    No, the Ontario government’s amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 confirm that employees are entitled to unpaid leave if they are unable to work due to COVID-19. The employees can use paid sick time or vacation time to cover this period (if available), as an employer you are advised to encourage employees to apply for Employment Insurance (“EI”) sick leave benefits. Many employers are offering paid sick days to employees to cover this time, but this is not legally required. Individuals who are unable
    to work due to COVID-19 may be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response
    Benefit (CERB).

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