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  • August 11, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Layoff Variance

The BC Employment Standards Act restricts the circumstances when an employer can lawfully proceed with temporary layoffs, and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, only permitted eligible employers to temporarily lay-off employees for up to 13 weeks in a period of…

July 2020 COVID-19 Update

UpdatesAs we move further into Phase 3 of British Columbia’s Restart Plan there have been some important changes in the COVID-19 labour and employment law landscape.Employment Standards ActThe government of British Columbia has extended the temporary lay-off provisions under the…

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  • June 30, 2020

COVID-19 Safety Plans

Phase 2 of the Government of British Columbia’s plan to re-open the province’s economy and businesses commenced May 19 and ended June 23.  Phase 3 commenced June 24, 2020. Businesses that decide to open or remain open must adhere to…

Extended Temporary Layoffs due to COVID-19

To provide more flexibility to employers and employees wishing to extend a temporary layoff due to COVID-19, the government of British Columbia has amended the definition of temporary layoff in the Employment Standards Act to increase the maximum length of…

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  • April 24, 2020

COVID-19: Details on Canada’s Wage Subsidies

Updated April 24, 2020 Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy As part of Canada’s economic support for businesses and workers facing impacts from COVID-19, the federal government announced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).  The subsidy aims to help businesses avoid lay-offs…

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