Labour and Employment Communiqué

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May 13, 2021

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Free rapid COVID-19 testing for eligible workplaces

Catherine Phelps

Recently, a number of initiatives have been unveiled that will provide free rapid antigen testing to small and medium-sized businesses. Federal On May 7, 2021, the Federal Government announced that certain businesses and organizations can apply for free rapid tests...

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B.C. introduces COVID-19-related paid leave and paid sick leave

M. Ashley Mitchell

On May 11, 2021, the British Columbia Government introduced legislation to amend the B.C. Employment Standards Act to give employees paid leave in the event they need to be away from work due to COVID-19: Bill 13 – 2021: Employment...

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Saskatchewan introduces legislation to provide for paid sick leave

Lisa Goodfellow, Jenifer C. Gentle

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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Manitoba launches two new leaves in response to COVID-19

Catherine Phelps

Manitoba recently joined a number of other provinces in implementing paid leave programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 7, 2021, Manitoba’s Premier announced that the province is launching a new Manitoba Pandemic Sick Leave program to fill...

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COVID-19 paid sick leave program for Nova Scotia

Lisa Goodfellow, Jenifer C. Gentle

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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