Jenifer C. Gentle

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Saskatchewan introduces legislation to provide for paid sick leave

The Saskatchewan Government has introduced legislation, Bill 603, which would amend The Saskatchewan Employment Act to provide for paid sick leave.  If the legislation passes, employees would be entitled to paid sick leave of up to: 10 days in a...

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COVID-19 paid sick leave program for Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Government has announced a COVID-19 paid sick leave program that will launch on May 26, 2021. Under this program, employees who need to take time off work because of COVID-19 may qualify for up to four paid...

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Paid COVID-19 vaccination leave in place for B.C.

On April 27, the BC government’s amendments to the Employment Standards Act were passed providing employees with up to three hours of paid leave to get each dose of their vaccine. The amendments are retroactive to April 19, 2021. Pursuant...

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Alberta creates COVID-19 vaccine paid leave

The Alberta Government has passed legislation amending the Employment Standards Code to provide employees with up to three hours of paid, job-protected leave to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The amendment applies to all full-time and part-time employees regardless of length...

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Budget 2021 – Items of interest for employers

The Federal Government’s Budget 2021 proposes a number of items that may be of interest to employers.  The key ones include: Expansion of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support from June 2021...

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BC introduces COVID-19 vaccine paid leave

As discussed in a previous communique, the BC Government amended the Employment Standards Regulation, BC Reg 396/95, to create an unpaid leave for employees who require leave to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to assist a dependant who is being vaccinated...

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Workplace closures and a new Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant in BC

In a recent joint statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have advised that a new provincial health officer Expedited Workplace Closure Order is in place. Effective April 12, if an investigation determines...

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Ontario implements travel restrictions and enhanced public health measures

Travel Restrictions Effective April 19, 2021 (12:01 a.m. Central Time in the Central Time Zone and 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time in the Eastern Time Zone of Ontario), travel into Ontario from Manitoba and Quebec is restricted by Ontario Regulation 293/21. ...

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BC creates vaccination leave and expands COVID-19 leave

The Employment Standards Regulation, BC Reg 396/95, has been amended to create an unpaid leave for employees who require leave to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to assist a dependant who is being vaccinated against COVID-19. The length of the...

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Government of Canada launches consultation on labour protections for “gig work” and on a “right to disconnect”

On March 18, 2021, the federal Minister of Labour, Filomena Tassi, invited Canadians to participate in an online consultation to share their views on: “gig work” – where workers enter into short-term contracts to complete specific and often one-off tasks, generally through...

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Updates on COVID-19 supports

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the Federal Government has extended the following COVID-19 supports: Employment Insurance The number of weeks of EI regular benefits available has been extended by up to 24 weeks to a maximum of 50 weeks...

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Paid vaccination leave

Saskatchewan has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to implement a paid leave to allow an employee to take time off work to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Saskatchewan’s The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 have been amended to add a...

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Ontario extends temporary layoff provisions and IDEL to July 3, 2021

The Ontario Government has announced a further extension to the definition of the “COVID-19 period,” extending the maximum periods of COVID-related temporary layoffs from January 2, 2021 to July 3, 2021, before they are deemed to be terminations under the Employment...

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COVID-19 restrictions reinstated or implemented across the country

With the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, many areas of Canada this week have reinstated or implemented restrictions with the goal of controlling the spread of the disease.  Some of the key restrictions are set out below. Alberta...

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy extended

On September 25, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, proposed extending the current treatment of furloughed employees under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy for an additional four week period, from September 27 to October...

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Ontario implements mandatory screening at workplaces

Ontario Regulation 530/20 amends Ontario Regulation 364/20 to make it compulsory for businesses or organizations that are open to operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on...

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Workplace safety guidelines

In anticipation of reopening the provincial economy, the Ontario government has released workplace safety guidelines for employers with COVID-19 precautions, including sector-specific health and safety guidance.  The guidelines provide direction to the manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food...

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The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy at your fingertips

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy calculator As previously reported, the Government is implementing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), which will provide a 75% wage subsidy of up to $847 per employee per week, to eligible employers, for up to 12...

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