Notley calls for Alberta to offer ten days of paid work leave to stop workplace spread of COVID-19

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The Opposition NDP is calling for the Alberta government to provide 10 days of paid leave for isolating workers to curb workplace spread of COVID-19. Leader Rachel Notley said Monday the Alberta government should cover employers sending the wage support directly to workers as part of their paycheques, leaving the details of how the province might be reimbursed through the federal government’s recovery sickness benefit until later. Notley said with variants of concern spreading faster in the workplace, the support would help get transmission rates down and bring the pandemic and public health restrictions to an end faster. Notley also encouraged the government to consult with employers to reach a cost sharing agreement that recognizes that some large employers have increased their profits throughout the pandemic, while many small businesses struggle to survive.

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