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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 $12.75/hour regular
$13.75/hour as of October 1, 2022
17.63/hour overtime
$20.63/hour as of October 1, 2022
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 44 hours/week
3 hours call-in
Maximum of 6 days/week
30 minute break for every 5 hours of work
Paid Statutory Holidays 8 days
New Year's Day
Family Day
Good Friday
Canada Day
New Brunswick Day
Labour Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Vacation The lesser of: 1 day per month employed OR 2 weeks if they have less than 8 years employment
The lesser of: 1.25 days per month employed OR 3 weeks after 8 years employment
Compassionate Care Leave 3 days/year family responsibility leave unpaid
28 weeks compassionate care leave with certificate
5 days unpaid bereavement leave
5 days/year unpaid sick leave after 90 days employment
37 weeks unpaid critical illness leave to care for a child, 16 weeks unpaid to care for an adult
10 days plus up to a 16 week continuous period Domestic Violence Leave, first 5 days paid, after 90 days employment
37 weeks unpaid leave in case of crime-related disappearance or death of a child
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
17 weeks maternity leave
62 weeks parental leave
maximum 78 weeks combined maternity and parental leave
of Employment
2 weeks after 6 months
4 weeks after 5 years
Temporary Lay-Offs &
Group Terminations
Group terminations or lay-offs at a single location of more than 10 employees representing 25% or more of the work force within a 4 week period must give 6 weeks advance notice to the Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour as well as the employees affected
Can last as long as needed
When under medical supervision or investigation related to COVID-19
When acting in accordance with the Public Health Act
When in quarantine or isolation as directed by government or medical professionals
When directed to stay home by their employer to limit exposure
To provide care for a dependent because of closures
When travel restrictions prevent return to the province

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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