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Provincial temporary layoff provisions extended

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:16 PDT, Thu June 25, 2020

Last Updated: 2:58 PDT, Mon July 13, 2020

Temporary layoff provisions in BC have been extended to a maximum of 24 weeks, and now expire on Aug. 30.

Businesses must reach an agreement with their employees in the event a further extension is required during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our goal is to maintain connections between employers and workers who have a joint interest in supporting the economic recovery of businesses in BC and the jobs that go with them,” said Labour Minister Harry Bains. “Employers who are not able to return to full operations and need additional time can do so with agreement from their employees, but we expect those employees will be recalled when operations have resumed. We also know it is important to ensure that workers know that they have to be involved in the agreement with the employer to extend the temporary layoff and have a right to decline the layoff and accept the compensation for length of service which they are entitled to.”

Government will continue discussions with worker and employer representatives to ensure applications are processed in a timely and effective manner to support economic recovery and protect workers’ rights.

Employers are also encouraged to make use of the federal wage subsidy to assist them in bringing their workers back. 

For information on employment standards around temporary layoffs, visit: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/employment-standards-advice/employment-standards/termination#laying-off

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