Employees who are covered by the Employment Standards Act (ESA) have been on the government’s amended Infectious Disease Emergency Leave to help extend the period of time employees can be on a temporary layoff while the economy weathers the COVID-19 pandemic.
What does the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave mean for employees and employers?
Many small businesses are struggling to stay afloat and cover their fixed costs, such as rent and insurance, while taking a negative impact on their revenues. Government assistance has emerged to help businesses pay for their rent, but many have had their fate put into the hands of their landlords to apply for the assistance. The new Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) is being introduced to provide rent relief for businesses and allows these businesses to apply to the assistance directly as opposed to waiting for their landlords to do so.