What Is a Sick Leave?

A sick leave (or medical leave) is an interruption of professional activities due to a physical or psychological inability to perform work.

What Is the Wage Loss Associated with a Sick Leave?

Wage loss due to sick leave depends on the legislation in place.

In Canada, employment insurance benefits provide up to 15 weeks of financial assistance for a medical leave. They can amount to up to 55% of an employee’s normal weekly earnings, but cannot exceed $595 per week.

Is a Sick Leave Confidential?

In Canada, an employee who is absent due to an illness must provide a written or verbal declaration or medical attestation. It can either be a bill signed by their doctor confirming disability, or a medical certificate specifying the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis for return to work—at the employer’s request.


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