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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 $13.35/hour
$13.60 as of October 1, 2022
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 48 hours/week
Max 6 days/week
3 hours call-in
Employees may not work more than 5 consecutive hours without a half-hour break
Paid Statutory Holidays 7 days
New Year's Day
Nova Scotia Heritage Day
Good Friday
Canada Day
Labour Day
Remembrance Day has special rules
Christmas Day
Vacation 2 weeks after 1 year
3 weeks after 8 years
Compassionate Care Leave 28 weeks compassionate care leave over 52 weeks with a certificate
37 weeks unpaid critical illness leave to care for a child, 16 weeks unpaid to care for an adult
3 days/year unpaid sick leave
5 days unpaid bereavement leave
1 day Citizenship Ceremony leave
10 days (3 paid, 7 unpaid) domestic violence leave, plus 16 weeks unpaid
52 weeks in case of crime-related disappearance of a child, 104 weeks in case of death of a child
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
16 weeks unpaid maternity leave
77 weeks unpaid parental
Pregnancy and Parental Leave combined may not exceed 77 weeks
of Employment
1 week after 3 months
2 weeks after 2 years
4 weeks after 5 years
8 weeks after 10 years
Temporary Lay-Offs &
Group Terminations
Lay-offs can last indefinitely if there is insufficient work available, lay-offs of less than one year count towards continuous periods of employment
Termination of 10 or more employees within 4 weeks must give advance notice to the employees and to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education based on the number of employees terminated: 8 weeks for 10 or more employees, 12 weeks for 100 or more, and 16 weeks for 300 or more
Lasts as long as needed (if the work can be completed remotely, the leave may not apply)
In case of government-declared emergency
At the direction of a medical officer
To provide care for a dependent because of closures

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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