Myth or fact?
When you’re sick, one of the last places you want to be is at work. Most employers recognize it’s not in their interests either. Better to let you rest and recover, and not risk having the illness spread to others. As a result, while paid sick days aren’t mandatory under the law, many employers provide them. Learn your rights around taking sick days.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some of the laws around taking sick days have been modified to help workers and employers cope. We’ve updated the information below to reflect changes as of May 31, 2021.
What you should know
Your entitlement to taking sick days
Whether you get paid when you take a sick day
If you need to take a sick day
If your employer fires you for getting sick
Your eligibility for insurance benefits
Work out problems
Step 1. Check your employment contract
Step 2. Speak to your employer
Step 3. Write to your employer
Step 4. Get legal advice
I was fired from my job when I returned from taking a sick day. Is this legal?
How much will I receive in sick pay?
Who can help
If you have an issue with your employer around taking time off due to illness or injury, consider your options for free or low-cost legal advice.