CERB extension and EI changes now in effect

On August 20, 2020, the federal government announced that it would be extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) a further four weeks to a maximum of 28 weeks, and would be making temporary changes to the Employment Insurance (“EI”) regime. The Regulations and Interim Orders associated with these changes are now in force. CERB … Continued

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to be Extended Beyond June

On May 8, 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) will be extended beyond June 6, 2020, when it is currently set to end. He explained that further details of the extension will be announced next week. The Prime Minister stated that the purpose of extending CEWS is to ensure … Continued

COVID-19 Temporary Layoff Period Extended

On May 4, 2020, the Employment Standards Regulation, B.C. Reg. 396/95 was amended to extend the length of a temporary layoff during the COVID-19 emergency. Prior to this amendment, a temporary layoff was limited to 13 weeks in a period of 20 consecutive weeks. As a result of this amendment, the temporary layoff period may … Continued