BCGEU calls on all employers to drop doctor’s note requirement amid COVID-19 scare

The B.C. Government Employees’ Union (BCGEU) is encouraging employers to waive the requirement for employees to produce a sick note to access sick leave.

The B.C. government announced last week employees no longer have to produce a sick note amidst concerns over the coronavirus.

“We all must take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and B.C. workers need to do so without barriers or additional risk of infecting others,” BCGEU President Stephanie Smith said.

“Our provincial government has made the responsible decision to waive their employees’ need for doctor’s notes for COVID-19-related illness, and our union urges all employers in B.C. follow suit.”

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix have consistently recommended British Columbians stay home if they are feeling sick.

As of Monday morning, the province has confirmed 32 cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia.

The B.C. government has not created financial supports for employees, who are required to miss work and do not have sick days. Henry has asked employees to be flexible and have encouraged businesses to find ways for employees to work from home if they are feeling sick.

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