Making an amendment to the sick time policy for Elliot Lake city employees was discussed by the council but will be deferred for the time being.

City Human Rights Coordinator Eric Moss recommended to the council last night that they amend the city’s sick leave policy as it related to COVID-19.

He is looking for an exemption of the city’s sick leave policy pertaining to full-time non-unionized staff CUPE Local 170 members and full-time firefighters.

In response to COVID-19, he is asking that any time loss directly related to the disease to not count directly towards their four sick days now allowed under the policy, which would also fall in line with provincial mandates.

Council does agree with the change but wants staff to put together a Pandemic Policy, since the situation is so fluid, and the mandates keep changing.

They will review the amended policy at their next meeting in late October.