The Saskatchewan Employment Act provides job protection to employees who are absent from work due to illness or injury or are absent due to the illness or injury of a family member if certain conditions are met.
Employers can not take discriminatory action against employees with at least 13 weeks of employment with an employer because of absence due to an illness or injury of the employee. The required 13 week period of employment is waived for employees who are taking Public Health Emergency Leave.
The absence cannot exceed:
- A total of 12 days in a calendar year if the illness or injury is not serious;
- 12 weeks in a period of 52 weeks if the illness or injury is serious; or
- 26 weeks in a period of 52 weeks the employee is receiving benefits under The Workers' Compensation Act.
The Saskatchewan Employment Act does not require employers to pay employees who are away sick; however, employers and employees may agree to paid sick leave.
Please see Leaves: Family, Medical and Service for more information about the job-protected leaves in Saskatchewan.