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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 $15.70/hour
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 8 hours/day, 40 hours/week
2 hours call-in
Employees may not work more than 5 consecutive hours without a meal break excepting shifts longer than 10 hours, in which case the limit is 6 hours
Must have 2 full days of rest/week
Must have 8 hours between shifts
Paid Statutory Holidays 10 days
New Year's Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
National Aboriginal Day
Canada Day
Discovery Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Vacation 2 weeks after 1 year
Compassionate Care Leave 1 day/month employed unpaid sick leave, max 12 days
7 days unpaid bereavement leave
28 weeks unpaid compassionate care leave
37 weeks unpaid leave to care for a critically ill child or 17 weeks unpaid leave to care for a critically ill adult
52 weeks unpaid in case of crime-related disappearance of a child, 104 weeks in case of crime-related death of a child
5 days unpaid domestic violence leave without pay for all employees, plus an additional 5 days paid leave and up to 15 weeks unpaid leave after 90 days employment
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
Available after 12 months employment
17 weeks unpaid maternity leave
63 weeks unpaid parental leave
71 weeks parental leave if more than one parent is using it.
of Employment
1 week after 6 months
2 weeks after 1 year
3 weeks after 3 years
1 additional week per additional year employed, up to 8 weeks
Temporary Lay-Offs &
Group Terminations
Temporary lay-offs for 13 weeks in a 20 week period
Terminations of 25 or more employees within four weeks must give advance notice to the director of employee standards as well as any affected employees, based on the number of employees terminated: 4 weeks for 25 or more, 8 weeks for 50 or more, 12 weeks for 100 or more, and 16 weeks for 300 or more
Use standard leaves.

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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