A new survey from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says municipal employees ‘banking’ sick days has created a $90-million liability.
The report says 15 of the 17 municipal government plans in Metro Vancouver allow for banking sick days.
Richard Truscott, CFIB vice-president for BC and Alberta, says while sick employees need support, the system should be revised.
“If the employee doesn’t use all of their allotted sick days in a year, they can save them to be either used in the future or in some cases, they’re paid out for that time. When we see these sorts of arrangements in the public sector that really are turning out to be more of a perk than anything, that certainly does question as to whether it’s a wise practice or something we need to scale back.”
Burnaby and New Westminster are the only two municipalities that have moved away from the practice, introducing affordable short-term disability plans instead.