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New paid sick leave rules coming into effect for federally regulated workers

Employees in federally regulated private-sector workplaces are now eligible for 10 days of paid sick leave.
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Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, October 19, 2022 in Ottawa.Employees in federally regulated private sector workplaces are now eligible for ten days of paid sick leave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA — Employees in federally regulated private-sector workplaces are now eligible for 10 days of paid sick leave. 

As of Dec. 31, workers who have been continuously employed for at least 30 days will have access to three paid sick days. 

Workers will then get a fourth sick day as of Feb. 1, and will accumulate one additional day at the start of every month up to a maximum of 10 days per year. 

On the campaign trail in 2021, the Liberals pledged to introduce 10 days of paid sick leave for federally regulated workers. 

In a news release, Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan says the paid leave means "more workers won’t have to choose between getting well and getting paid."

The Canadian Labour Congress applauded the new policy in a statement, urging provinces that do not offer paid sick leave to follow suit. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2022. 

The Canadian Press