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Motion – Paid Sick Days

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Motion – Paid Sick Days

“A significant number of New Brunswickers do not have access to paid sick days and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of paid sick leave in protecting public health and minimizing the spread of contagious diseases. No worker should continue to fear losing their job as a result of getting ill or having to take care of a family member.”

David Coon

WHEREAS a significant number of New Brunswickers do not have access to paid sick days;

WHEREAS the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of paid sick leave in protecting public health and minimizing the spread of contagious diseases;

WHEREAS no worker should continue to fear losing their job as a result of getting ill or having to take care of a family member;

WHEREAS, since instituting paid sick days, British Columbia has reported multiple benefits, including increased productivity, better staff retention, a decline in workplace injuries, and an increase in morale;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Legislative Assembly urge the government to take immediate action to ensure that all workers in New Brunswick are entitled to a minimum of 10 paid sick days per year;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Assembly urge the government to create a program to provide temporary financial support to small and medium-sized businesses to help them cover the costs of providing paid sick leave to their employees.