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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 $13.20/hour
$13.70/hour starting October 1, 2022
$19.80/hour overtime
$20.55/hour overtime starting October 1, 2022
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 40 hours/week
Maximum 6 days/week
Minimum 8 hours between shifts
3 hours call-in
1 hour break for every 5 hours work
Paid Statutory Holidays 6 days
New Year's Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day/Canada Day
Labour Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Vacation 2 weeks after 1 year
3 weeks after 15 years
Compassionate Care Leave 7 days/year unpaid family responsibility or sick leave after 30 days employment
3 days bereavement leave (1 paid, 2 unpaid) after 30 days employment, or 2 days unpaid bereavement leave before 30 days employment
28 weeks unpaid compassionate care leave within 52 weeks after 30 days employment
37 weeks unpaid critical illness leave to care for a child, 17 weeks unpaid to care for an adult after 30 days employment
10 days (3 paid, 7 unpaid) domestic violence leave after 30 days
52 weeks in case of crime-related disappearance of a child, 104 days in case of death of a child
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
Available after 20 weeks employment
17 weeks unpaid maternity or adoption leave
61 weeks unpaid parental leave
of Employment
1 week after 3 months employment
2 weeks after 2 years
3 weeks after 5 years
4 weeks after 10 years
6 weeks after 15 years
Temporary Lay-Offs &
Group Terminations
Temporary lay-offs for 13 weeks in a period of 20
Termination of 50 or more employees within 4 weeks must give advance notice to the employees and to the minister based on the number of employees terminated: 8 weeks for 50 or more employees, 12 weeks for 200 or more, and 16 weeks for 500 or more
Can last as long as needed.
When under supervision or investigation
When in isolation or quarantine by government order
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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