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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 Rate of provincial minimum where work is performed
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week
Maximum of 48 hours/week
Paid Statutory Holidays 9 Days
New Year's Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Boxing Day
Vacation 2 weeks after 1 year
3 weeks after 6 years
Compassionate Care Leave 17 weeks unpaid sick leave after 3 months with certificate
Work-related injury or illness equivalent to provinvial workers' compensation
28 weeks unpaid compassionate care leave
37 weeks unpaid for critical illness of a child, or 17 weeks unpaid for critical illness of an adult
5 days bereavement leave. After 3 months employment, 3 days paid plus 2 unpaid
5 days personal leave. After 3 months employment, 3 days paid plus 2 unpaid
10 days domestic violence leave. After 3 months employment, 5 days paid plus 5 unpaid
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
17 weeks maternal leave after 6 months
63 weeks parental leave after 6 months
Parents can share parental leave for up to 71 weeks combined, to a maximum of 86 weeks combined parental and maternity leave.
of Employment
2 weeks after 1 year
Severance pay of 2 days wages/full year employed, minimum 5 days, after 1 full year employment

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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