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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 Rate of provincial minimum where work is performed
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week
Maximum of 48 hours/week
30 minute breaks every 5 consecutive hours
Travel time could be considered work in the following cases: if the employee takes a company vehicle home in the evening for the employer’s convenience, if the employee is required to transport other staff or supplies to or from the work place or work site, if the employee has a usual work place but is required to travel to another location to perform work, if the employee is required to travel to different sites to carry out their functions.
Paid Statutory Holidays 9 Days
New Year's Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Boxing Day
Vacation 2 weeks after 1 year
3 weeks after 5 years
4 weeks after 10 years
Compassionate Care Leave 17 weeks unpaid sick leave after 3 months with certificate
Work-related injury or illness equivalent to provinvial workers' compensation
28 weeks unpaid compassionate care leave
37 weeks unpaid for critical illness of a child, or 17 weeks unpaid for critical illness of an adult
52 weeks unpaid in case of crime-related disappearance of a child, 104 weeks in case of crime-related death of a child
5 days bereavement leave. After 3 months employment, 3 days paid plus 2 unpaid
5 days personal leave. After 3 months employment, 3 days paid plus 2 unpaid
10 days domestic violence leave. After 3 months employment, 5 days paid plus 5 unpaid
17 weeks unpaid for organ or tissue donation
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
63 weeks parental leave
17 weeks maternal leave
Parents can share parental leave for up to 71 weeks combined, to a maximum of 86 weeks combined parental and maternity leave.
of Employment
2 weeks after 1 year
Severance pay of 2 days wages/full year employed, minimum 5 days, after 1 full year employment
Temporary Lay-Offs &
Group Terminations
Temporary lay-offs for up to 3 months without a specific anticipated recall date, or 6 months with a specified recall date. COVID-related interruptions may extend these time periods (at time of recording, up to 9 additional months but to no later than March 31, 2021)
Group terminations of 50 or more people within a 4-week period at a single location must give written notice 16 weeks in advance to the Minister of Labour and establish a joint planning committee
2 weeks unpaid if you have or might have contracted COVID-19, are more susceptible to COVID-19 because of existing conditions, or are isolating on the advice of an authority
26 weeks unpaid if you must provide care to a family member requiring supervised care or a child under 12 if their regular place of care is unavailable, or if they are quarantining
These leaves can interrupt some other existing leaves

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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