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.