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Workplace Standards Changes due to COVID-19

The recent pandemic has led to many temporary laws being passed which provide assistance in this time of crisis, particularly regarding special leave for employees impacted by COVID-19.

These laws change rapidly as more information becomes available and public health officials make new recommendations, and are different in each jurisdiction. Please consult the appropriate government sources for up-to-date information on this issue.

Employment Standards
This summary is provided for comparison purposes. While the Institute of Professional Management endeavours to provide accurate information, you should consult your provincial labour ministry or legal counsel for the most up to date information.

Minimum Wage $15.00/hour
$13.00/hour for some students
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Max 12 hours/day, 6 days/week
Overtime after 8 hours/day or 44 hours/week, whichever is greater
3 hours call-in
30 minute break after 5 hours, second 30 minute break after 10 hours
Paid for travel time going from an employer-designated meeting site to travel to a job site, if going from one job site to another, or if directed to pick up materials or perform other tasks on the way to or from work, or if required after the employee begins providing services
Paid Statutory Holidays 9 Days
New Year's Day
Alberta Family Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Vacation 2 weeks/year after 1 year
3 weeks/year after 5 years
Compassionate Care Leave 3 days unpaid bereavement leave
1/2 day citizenship ceremony
36 weeks unpaid critical illness leave to care for a child, 16 weeks unpaid to care for an adult
27 weeks unpaid compassionate care leave with a certificate, per certificate
10 days/year unpaid domestic violence leave
5 days/year unpaid personal and family responsibility
16 weeks unpaid long-term illness/injury leave
52 weeks for death of a child, 104 weeks for crime-related disappearance of a child
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
16 weeks unpaid maternity leave
62 weeks unpaid parental leave
of Employment
1 week after 90 days
2 weeks after 2 years
4 weeks after 4 years
5 weeks after 6 years
6 weeks after 8 years
8 weeks after 10 years
Temporary Lay-Offs &
Group Terminations
Temporary lay-offs no longer than 90 days in 120 days, or no more than 180 consecutive days if related to COVID-19, employees have 7 days to respond to recall
Group terminations of 50 or more people within a 4-week period must give written notice 4 weeks in advance to the Minister of Labour and Immigration
Individual termination notices are required for group terminations
14 days unpaid, as often as needed in case of quarantine
Alternate work arrangements (eg working from home) are allowed while quarantined
3 hours paid Leave to get vaccinated

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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