Do you still have employees on temporary layoffs or working with reduced hours due to COVID-19?
Employees 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 that employees can be temporarily laid off.
As the COVID-19 pandemic intensified in recent weeks, the government has once again extended the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave to end July 3, 2021.
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.