Illness or Injury Leave

On March 23, 2020, the BC Government amended the Employment Standards Act (the “Act”) to allow employees to take up to three unpaid days off for personal illness or injury. This is, in other words, entitlement to “sick leave” for employees. Employees will become entitled to this leave after 90 consecutive days of employment. If an employer requests, an employee seeking to take such leave must, as soon as practicable, provide the employer “reasonably sufficient proof” (for example, a medical note) that they are entitled to the leave.

Illness and Injury Leave was added to the Act along with COVID-19-related Leave, both of which were introduced in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Information provided by Ryan Anderson, an employment lawyer with Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP. The information provided in this article is necessarily of a general nature and must not be regarded as legal advice. For more information about Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP, please visit