Infectious Disease Emergency Leave has been Extended to July 3rd, 2021

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?

  • An employee whose hours of work or wages have been temporarily reduced or eliminated for reasons related to COVID-19 is deemed to be on the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave and is not considered to be laid off or constrictively dismissed under the ESA.

Beginning on July 4, 2021

  • Employees will no longer be on the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave.
  • The ESA’s regular rules around constructive dismissal resume. This means a significant reduction or elimination of an employee’s hours of work or wages may constitute a constructive dismissal, even if it was done for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • The ESA’s regular rules around temporary layoffs resume. For practical purposes, an employee’s temporary layoff clock re-sets on July 4, 2021. An employer will have 13 weeks to bring back their employees after this date or they will have to be considered terminated and the employer will have to proceed with termination payments.

Contact us for support with temporary layoffs.

Nov 15, 2020

Have your revenues dropped due to COVID-19?

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. What is the CERS and how does it work for small businesses? 

  • Rent and mortgage support available until June 2021 for qualifying organizations impacted by COVID-19
  • Funds go directly to the business, not the landlord
  • Can cover up to 65% percent of eligible expenses until December 19 2020
  • Businesses are able to make claims retroactively for the period that began September 27 and ends October 24, 2020
  • A top-up CERS of 25% for businesses temporarily shut down by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority—in addition to the 65% subsidy,—grants up to 90% of coverage for the hardest hit businesses!

Be proactive with employees who are on the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave as the situation changes rapidly. Our EIO Experts can help guide you through the rules of temporary layoffs and help you avoid costly legal liabilities.