Today, BC announced it is extending the Employment Standards Act  temporary layoff period to a maximum of 16 weeks in any period of 20 consecutive weeks for layoffs connected to the COVID-19 emergency.

The increased period is intended to be temporary and match the duration of the Federal Government’s emergency aid under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

Previously, the maximum period a temporary layoff could go on, without triggering termination, was 13 weeks in any period of 20 consecutive weeks. A week of layoff is a week in which an employee earns less than 50% of their regular weekly wages averaged over the previous 8 weeks.

The announcement can be found here.

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