The world is now changing faster than anyone could have thought. The current situation has raised a lot of questions about the future, particularly about how people will work. Canada's paid sick leave policies have been a topic of discussion, even from the Prime Minister.

During his May 29 address, Justin Trudeau was questioned about his previous announcement that he would work toward a solution where all Canadians could receive 10 days of paid sick leave.

The Prime Minister answered in French, saying that he had continued to discuss the ideas in a meeting with premiers. He noted there were concerns about paid sick days adding to the cost of employers who have already taken a financial hit from the pandemic.

However, he said that the government would take on a large share of support for people who need to take sick leave.

He added that in the fall, people will try to hide their symptoms, such as sneezing, in order to go back to work and support their families.

"This is not something that is advisable for the whole of our society," Trudeau said, "so we should avoid people having to choose between their health and work and a paycheque."

The discussion about paid sick leave has been an initiative led by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, whom the Prime Minister had recently spoken with.

"Nobody should have to choose between taking a day off work due to illness, and being able to pay their bills," Trudeau said during his May 25 address, echoing a statement made by Singh in a tweet the same day.

Getting people those 10 days of sick leave could be a challenge, as it will have to be coordinated with the provinces.

Lior Samfiru, an employment lawyer and co-founding partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, told Global News that most employees are governed provincially, but that the federal government could offer incentives to provinces that implement the idea.

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