Local chamber looking for feedback from membership on five day sick leave

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce is looking to gauge how the Province’s new sick da…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce is looking to gauge how the Province’s new sick day employment standard will affect its membership.

Chamber Executive Director Cheryl Montgomery says small businesses will be affected in a couple of ways and may need to raise their prices, decrease the number of employees on staff, or both.

“This is just one more thing that small businesses are having to deal with on top of the flood of the last two years with the impact of a loss of revenue, increased fences to incorporate COVID restrictions,” Montgomery continued.

Montgomery says the employment standard will impact businesses throughout various sectors in different ways.

“Hospitality restaurants, they see this as fairly difficult because a lot of their employees often are part-time or casual employees. This is going to impact them in terms of what they’re going to be responsible for sick pay,” Mongomery said.

The Chamber is looking for input from local businesses in the region to present to the BC Chamber.

“This legislation has just started. We need to gather as a BC chamber network and find out what our plan of action is going to be to go back to the Province and see what kind of impact we can make,” Mongomery remarked.

A survey sent out by the BC Chamber was split between business owners against the legislation and those who don’t yet have a stance on the matter. However, Montgomery says an overwhelming majority of businesses that answered were located in the lower mainland.

“That’s why we just need to really keep it in perspective and have our own data,” Montgomery said.

 

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