By: Nicolas Di Nardo
During the government’s announcement outlining the proposed changes to Ontario’s labour law, which was part of the Changing Workplaces Review, doctors’ notes was the least of everyone’s concern, but it received the most support and attention by groups and organizations that have been pushing for a ban on sick notes for some time.
Almost a month of public speculation on proposed changes to the law, the changes to sick notes remains a hot one. Even some representatives within the Progressive Conservatives including PC MPP Monte McNaughton stated, “I actually think it’s quite fair,” which is a surprise as he is usually an outspoken critic of the Liberal administration.
While many agree with Labour Minister Kevin Flynn’s opinion that sick notes are a waste of a physician’s time (the OMA has been calling for an end to sick notes for some time now), there are still some groups that believe this is not a step in the right direction. The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) is one of them.
The CFIB believes that people will abuse it, however, they do support the claim that it will limit the spread of germs and viruses to other people. With a note not required until passing 10 sick days under the new law, CFIB analyst Ryan Mallough would like sick days and doctors notes to remain “a flexible matter between employer and employee…[because] there is potential for abuse…[and] this is all part of the re-election campaign for the Liberals.”
For more information on the developments of the Changing Workplaces Review, please refer to our previous blog posts:
June 9, 2017: Workplace Reform Showcase: Doctor’s Notes
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