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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 $14.25/hour
$11.40/hour for employees receiving tips
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 48 hours/week
3 hours call-in
Maximum 6 days/week
Employees receive a 30 minute break for every 5 hours of continuous work
Paid Statutory Holidays 8 days
New Year's Day
Islander Day
Good Friday
Canada Day
Labour Day
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Vacation 2 weeks after 1 year
3 weeks after 8 years
Compassionate Care Leave 3 days (1 paid, 2 unpaid) bereavement leave for immediate family, 3 days unpaid for extended family
28 weeks unpaid compassionate care leave
3 days/year unpaid family responsibility leave after 6 months
37 weeks unpaid critical illness leave to care for a child
3 days/year unpaid sick leave after 6 months, plus 1 paid day after 5 years
10 days (3 paid, 7 unpaid) domestic violence leave
52 weeks unpaid in case of crime-related disappearance of a child, 104 weeks in case of crime-related death of a child
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
Available after 20 weeks employment
17 weeks unpaid maternity leave
62 weeks unpaid parental leave
Combined cannot exceed 78 weeks
62 weeks unpaid adoption leave
Up to an additional 5 weeks if the child has a condition requiring additional parental care
of Employment
2 weeks after 6 months
4 weeks after 5 years
6 weeks after 10 years
8 weeks after 15 years
Temporary Lay-Offs &
Group Terminations
Standard rules regarding termination apply
Retroactive to March 16, 2020, emergency leave is available if the employee is unable to work because of a government-declared emergency or an order of the Chief Public Health Officer, such as if they are isolating, are sick with COVID-19, or are caring for a child because of closures caused by COVID-19. Employers may also direct their employees to take the leave if they are sick.

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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