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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 $14.00/hour
Increase to $14.25/hour on Oct 1, 2020
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 44 hours/week
Maximum 6 days and 48 hours/week, 60 hours with a permit
3 hours call-in
Minimum 8 hours between shifts
Maximum 8 hours/day OR regular established workday
Paid Statutory Holidays 9 days
New Year's Day
Family Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
Boxing Day
Vacation 2 weeks after 1 year
3 weeks after 5 years
Compassionate Care Leave 8 weeks/year unpaid family caregiver leave with a certificate to care for a family member with a serious medical condition, per specified family member
28 weeks compassionate care leave within 52 weeks
37 weeks unpaid critical illness leave to care for a child, 17 weeks unpaid to care for an adult
2 days/year unpaid bereavement leave
3 days/year sick leave
10 days domestic violence leave (5 paid, 5 unpaid) plus 15 weeks/year
13 weeks organ donor leave
3 days/year family responsibility leave
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
17 weeks unpaid maternity leave
63 weeks parental leave or 61 weeks for a mother who takes maternity leave
of Employment
1 week after 3 months
2 weeks after 1 year
3 weeks after 3 years
one additional week per additional year up to 8 weeks
Plus potential severance pay after 5 years

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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