Paid COVID-19 vaccine leave receives royal assent

On April 27, 2021, Bill 3: Leave for COVID-19 Vaccination received royal assent. As we first reported, this legislation was introduced on April 19, 2021, with the intention of amending the Employment Standards Act to provide employees up to three hours of paid leave from work to receive each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Bill … Continued

BC proposes paid vaccine leave

On April 19, 2021 the BC government announced it has introduced Bill 3 which if passed would amend the Employment Standards Act to provide full-time and part-time workers with up to three hours of paid leave to get each dose of their COVID-19 vaccine.  A press release announcing the introduction of Bill 3 is accessible … Continued

New job protected leave for COVID-19 vaccination

On April 1, 2021, the British Columbia government announced changes to the Employment Standards Regulation, B.C. Reg. 396/95 (the “Regulation”) which extend the existing “COVID-19 Leave” protections in the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) to include two additional pandemic-related circumstances, including COVID-19 vaccination. In March 2020, the BC ESA was amended to allow employees to take … Continued

British Columbia extends temporary layoff period to 24 weeks

The British Columbia government has announced that it will extend the temporary layoff provisions under the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) to a maximum of 24 weeks until August 30, 2020, where the COVID-19 emergency is a cause of all or part of the layoff. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ESA only permitted temporary layoffs … Continued

Employment Standards Branch Update on “Unforeseeable Events”

The BC Employment Standards Branch recently issued an update on section 65(1)(d) of the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”)  in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Section 65 sets out various exceptions to the termination notice requirements in section 63 and the group termination notice requirements in section 64 of the ESA. Section 65(1)(d) provides … Continued

BC Government’s COVID-19 Action Plan

The province of British Columbia has announced a COVID-19 Action Plan to help support people and businesses. The plan dedicates $2.8 billion to help people and $2.2 billion to provide relief to businesses and help them recover after the outbreak. Minister Carole James said the plan is the first step to address immediate needs and … Continued