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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 $12.55/hour
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 48 hours/week
Max 6 days/week
3 hours call-in
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
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
16 weeks unpaid maternity leave
77 weeks unpaid parental
Pregnancy and Parental Leave combined may not exceed 77 months.
of Employment
1 week after 3 months
2 weeks after 2 years
4 weeks after 5 years
8 weeks after 10 years

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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