Ontario introduces job protection measures for COVID-19

Proposed legislation would make it clear that an employee will not be required to provide a medical note if they take the leave

TORONTO — On March 16, the Ontario government announced that it intends to introduce legislation that, if passed, would immediately provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures.

“While everyone’s concerns about their health and safety is top of mind, the last thing we need is anyone worrying about job security as the COVID-19 situation evolves,” said Premier Doug Ford in a statement. “That’s why I directed the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development to draft legislation that will protect workers and their families during this difficult period.”

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