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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 $12.85/hour
$13.00/hour after April 1, 2021
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 48 hours/week
3 hours call-in
Maximum 6 days/week
Employees receive a 30 minute break after 5 hours
Paid Statutory Holidays 7 days
New Year's Day
Islander Day
Good Friday
Canada Day
Labour Day
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
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
At employer's discretion, an employee returning from outside of the province may be able to practice work isolation.
Use standard leaves

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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