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Temporary layoffs can be extended through online portal

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:52 PDT, Wed August 5, 2020

A new online application system simplifies the temporary layoff process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employers and workers can jointly apply to extend temporary layoffs due to the pandemic, beyond the current expiration date of Aug. 30. The online application is a two-step process which allows employers and workers to share documents electronically. The maximum time for temporary layoffs is 24 weeks.

First, employers must reach out to their workforce to ensure they have more than 50 per cent support from workers before applying. Workers will receive information, including their rights under the Employment Standards Act, and can voice their support using the online tool. Once worker support is documented, employers can complete the online form and submit directly to the Employment Standards Branch.

Employers are encouraged to apply as soon as they have received worker support. The application deadline is Aug. 25, and all applications will be processed by the Aug. 30 expiry date.

Visit the updated website for temporary layoff variance applications: www.gov.bc.ca/covidlayoffs

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