The SHA has introduced a new policy that screens all frontline health care workers before their shift in the long term care sector – if I’m deemed unfit in this screening, do I have to use my sick leave?

The SHA has introduced a new policy that screens all frontline health care workers before their shift in the long term care sector – if I’m deemed unfit in this screening, do I have to use my sick leave?

Answer

If you’re sick and unable to work and it isn’t related to COVID19, you would use your sick bank.  If you’re sick and it’s related to COVID19 and you were exposed at work, language in many collective agreements provides for payment without reduction of sick leave credits for Ministry of Health ordered quarantine, or for being prohibited from working as a result of exposure to infectious disease as a result of employment.  It may take some time for the type of sickness to be determined, or the exposure to be traced.  During that time, your Employer may code you sick pay but then you would seek that coding to be changed to reflect appropriate pay for COVID19-related illness if that is positively confirmed.