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Its Not a Layoff, Its a Leave of Absence

If you are “laid off” work due to the COVID-19 you may be pleased to know that you are actually on a NEW leave of absence, the Declared Emergency and Infectious Diseases leave. This is a protected leave of absence, and it lasts for as long as the emergency is in effect. Your employer should provide you with a letter explaining the situation, and an ROE, using code N (leave of absence). If they have already issued you an ROE with the shortage of work code, don’t worry, as the new CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) will cover you either Continue Reading »

Can “Non-Essential” Workplaces Still Work?

Absolutely! There are a number of jobs and tasks that can be done remotely. This is a great opportunity to reinvent the way we work, live and play. Let’s try to be positive about it and see if there are ways to improve the work-life balance. It is also a good time to do “the work that never seems to get done” – updating handbooks and policy manuals, training (if it can be done online – here is a link to some programs). Any work that can be done remotely should be. Even though it may present some awkward working Continue Reading »

Vacation Pay May Be Another Option

For those who are suddenly laid off, and worried about canceling summer/fall vacations that are booked, there is a quirk in our vacation laws that may help. Under the ESA vacation pay and time are separate entities, which could allow workers to take their accrued (banked) vacation pay now, and still take their vacation time later, but unpaid. For example, “John” has a 2-week camping vacation booked for the family in August, and does not want to cancel that plan. Under the ESA, John can take the accrued vacation pay now, and leave the August vacation booked. When August gets Continue Reading »

What Does “Protected” Leave Mean??

The recent announcements from the Provincial and Federal government have talked a lot about “protected leave” for workers who are affected by the COVID-19 Virus. So what does that actually mean? The term means that a worker has the right to take the leave, without any penalty such as being dismissed or punished for taking the time off, and is entitled to return to their pre-leave job without any changes to that job. The “right” of the worker in this case is protected by legislation (law) such as the Employment Standards Act (ESA), Human Rights Code, and the Federal Labour Continue Reading »