IMPORTANT: Temporary Employment Standard Changes

Temporary workplace rules are now in place to help employers and employees manage rapidly changing conditions. These changes will be in place as long as government determines they are no longer needed and the public health emergency order remains.

We are:

  • creating a job-protected leave for employees caring for children affected by school and daycare closures or ill or self-isolated family members due to COVID-19
  • The 90-day employment requirement is waived.
  • The leave length is flexible and linked to guidance from the Chief Medical Officer.
  • A medical note is not required.
  • Regular personal and family responsibility leave rules continue to apply for all other circumstances.
  • Removing the 24-hour written notice requirement for shift changes
  • Removing the requirement for 2 weeks notice for changes to work schedules for those under an averaging agreement
  • Removing the employer requirement to provide group termination notice to employees and unions when 50 or more employees are being terminated
  • Individual termination entitlements remain in effect.
  • Employers must still give group termination notices to the Minister of Labour and Immigration as soon as is practical.
  • Increasing the maximum time for temporary layoffs from 60 days to 120 days

This change is retroactive for temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 that occurred on or after March 17