On November 25, 2022, the federal government announced that the Employment Insurance sickness benefit is being extended from 15 weeks to 26 weeks effective December 18, 2022. This change is due to amendments to the Employment Insurance Act that were enacted on June 29, 2021, through the Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1, (introduced as Bill C-30) but was waiting for proclamation to come into force.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Ontario government has announced the extension of the 3-day COVID-19 paid leave. This extension will currently run until the end of 2021 as new risks and information are being identified in association with the delta variant of COVID-19. Employers are to ensure that they are up to date with extended COVID-19 sick days to provide to their employees.
In Hettrick v Triple F Paving (2021 ONSC 208) Miller J. had a situation where a 73 year old office manager with 21 years of service went off on a sick leave. Her employer asked for a medical note but did not say that in the absence of a medical note she would deemed to have quit.