Banked sick days may soon be a thing of the past

Lawyer blames unions and employers for making sick time ‘a choice, not a necessity’
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/21/2012

As interest in eliminating banked sick days gains momentum across the country, some labour law and workplace experts warn that getting rid of this benefit is not as simple as it may seem — for both employees and employers.

The Ontario government recently passed Bill 115, legislation that eliminated the ability for teachers to bank sick days and reduced the number of paid annual sick days to 10 from 20.

Premier Dalton McGuinty has also mused about taking away sick day banks for police and firefighters. Meanwhile, the mayor of Windsor, Ont., says this issue will be at the forefront of upcoming negotiations with its unionized inside and outside workers who are entitled to bank up to 18 sick days a year.