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Ford introduces legislation to protect jobs

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Shady Salah – Media in Toronto

Ontario is moving to introduce legislation to protect jobs and wave the necessity to provide medical notes for sick leave during the COVID-19 crisis.

The proposed legislation would cover workers in isolation or quarantine and those who have to be away from the job to care for children because of school or daycare issues.

“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,” Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford said in a news release.

The proposed legislation would provide job protection for employees unable to work if they are under medical investigation, supervision or treatment for COVID-19, in isolation or quarantine.

The employee would also be covered if acting in accordance with public health information or direction, if the employer directs the employee not to work, or if the employee needs to provide care to a person for a reason related to COVID-19 such as a school or day-care closure.

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