Paid sick-leave

On May 20, 2021 the Employment Standards Amendment Act received Royal Assent. The newly passed legislation immediately provides up to three paid days of COVID-19 related sick-leave to British Columbia employees, and commencing
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On May 25, 2021, BC’s COVID-19 “circuit breaker” measures officially expired as Premier John Horgan announced the government’s new four-step plan aimed toward returning to pre-pandemic life: “BC’s Restart”. Although tentative dates were
Continue Reading Getting back to normal: BC’s restart plan 2.0 and your workplace

As the third wave of BC’s COVID-19 pandemic rages on, provincial authorities continue to grapple with how to curtail rising caseloads in the province.

Although COVID-19 Safety Plans have been required for workplaces for the
Continue Reading Doubling-down on workplace safety: BC’s Provincial Health Officer issues new requirements for ‎workplaces and post-secondary institutions‎

As the “circuit breaker” measures and travel restrictions continue to apply across British Columbia to help combat the third wave of COVID-19, Bill 3: Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2021 (“Bill 3”) received Royal Assent on
Continue Reading Government of British Columbia introduces paid leave for COVID-19 vaccine ‎appointments

On April 22, 2021, Bill 71: Employment Standards (COVID-19 Vaccination Leave) Amendment Act, 2021 (“Bill 71”) received royal assent to retroactively take effect starting April 21, 2021.

Bill 71 amends the Alberta Employment Standards Code
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A new public health order has expanded the powers of British Columbia’s medical health officers in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The Expedited Workplace Closure order, in effect since April 12, allows medical
Continue Reading British Columbia expands power to close businesses in response to workplace COVID-19 ‎transmission

As COVID-19 case numbers rise to unprecedented levels, the BC Government continues to implement new provisions in response to the ongoing pandemic.

Early in the pandemic the BC government amended the Employment Standards Act to
Continue Reading British Columbia government expands COVID-19 Leave entitlement under the ‎Employment Standards Act

The government of Alberta has introduced an Innovation Employment Grant (“IEG”) to complement its Job Creation Tax Cut (“JCTC”) in an effort to stimulate investment and expand opportunities in Alberta.

The IEG was first announced
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