The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) released a statement today urging employers to discontinue the requirement for sick notes.
This call comes as many provinces and territories are ordering businesses to close their doors, and just days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a “global pandemic”.
In the statement, the CMA says Canada’s doctors “wish to applaud employers who are adopting teleworking or instituting social distancing in the workplace.”
“Importantly, the CMA ask employers to discontinue requirements for sick notes if they have not already done so. Sick notes place an unnecessary burden on the health care system at a time where we all need to focus on addressing one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.”
The CMA also used the statement to remind everyone to take all necessary steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 by limiting large gatherings, avoiding crowded activities, adopting good hygiene practices and respecting travel advisories.