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These new measures will obviously affect many Alberta-based employees, who now have to provide care for their children. The Employment Standards Code currently provides employees with up to 5 days of unpaid Family Responsibility Leave, if they had been employed for 90 days or more. We anticipate that the Alberta Government will expand the 5 day unpaid entitlement and hopefully waive the 90 day employment requirement in the near future. We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to provide employees with real-time updates as information becomes available. In the immediate term, advise your employer of your need to provide care to your children and do not fear retaliation or termination. Your employment is protected. Any such action would likely also violate applicable human rights legislation.

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