Ask the ExpertSick Leave and Sick Pay
hri_Admin Staff asked 5 years ago

Hello Experts, 

The Jurisdiction I am located in is Alberta. As Sick Leave or Sick Pay is not legislated in most jurisdiction, we currently do not have any written policy on the subject. 

However, we are now considering having paid sick days for salaried employees only. In the case of hourly employees – a no work no pay is currently being observed. Is this in contravention of any legislation if we only consider sick pay for salaried employees?

1 Answers
Glenn Demby Staff answered 5 years ago

As far as I can see, you’re right. There’s nothing in the Alberta ESC requiring paid sick leave for any kind of employee, salaried or wage earning. Just to be sure, I checked Bill 17, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2017 to confirm that it doesn’t say anything about paid sick leave. It doesn’t.
So it looks like you’re good to go with one caveat: The ESC isn’t the only thing in play–the arrangement won’t fly if you’re contractually obligated to provide sick leave under any collective agreements or individual employment contracts that apply.
Hope this helps.