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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 $11.81/hour
$13.00/hour as of October 1, 2022
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 40 hours/week
Overtime after 8 hours/day (5 day schedule) OR 10 hours/day (4 day schedule)
3 hours call-in
Minimum of 24 hours consecutive rest/week
Maximum 44 hours/week
Employees receive a 30 minute break after 5 hours
Paid Statutory Holidays 10 days
New Year's Day
Family Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Saskatchewan Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Vacation 3 weeks after 1 year
4 weeks after 10 years
Compassionate Care Leave 12 days/year unpaid sick leave after 13 weeks
12 weeks unpaid leave for critical illness or injury
5 days unpaid bereavement leave
37 weeks unpaid critical illness leave to care for a child, 17 weeks to care for an adult
28 weeks compassionate care leave within a 52 week period
1 day unpaid citizenship ceremony leave
26 weeks unpaid leave for organ donation
10 days (5 paid, 5 unpaid) interpersonal/sexual violence leave
104 weeks in case of crime-related disappearance or death of a child
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
19 weeks unpaid maternity leave
19 weeks unpaid adoption leave
59 weeks unpaid parental leave, or 71 weeks if they did not take maternity or adoption leave
of Employment
1 week after 13 weeks
2 weeks after 1 year
4 weeks after 3 years
6 weeks after 5 years
8 weeks after 10 years
Temporary Lay-Offs &
Group Terminations
Terminations of 10 or more employees within four weeks must give advance notice to the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety as well as any affected employees and unions, based on the number of employees terminated: 4 weeks for 10 or more, 8 weeks for 50 or more, and 12 weeks for 100 or more
Use standard sick leave or serious illness leave.

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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