Know your rights? As we come together to fight COVID-19, workplace issues will arise. Not everybody has paid sick leave as a contractual entitlement, and not everybody is eligible for the amended EI Sickness Benefits. Income continuance is a real concern for most.
Public Health Officials recommend that employers send employees home if they’re experiencing flu-like symptoms and have recently travelled abroad. This sounds like a good approach to stop the spread. But if your employer is sending you home without pay or alternative work arrangements and without valid reason i.e. simply because you’ve recently travelled abroad but don’t have flu-like symptoms and haven’t been in contact with someone with a diagnosed case of COVID-19, then your rights may have been violated. We’ve already seen cases like this occur and we want to know about them. We’re here for you. We’re Different. #covid_19 #coronavirus 😷 CTV Calgary CTV Morning Live Calgary
UPDATE: as of late this afternoon, and thanks to some emergency amendments to the Employment Standards Code (Alberta), Alberta-based employees required to self-isolate or care for a loved one are now entitled to a minimum 14 days of protected PAID leave. No medical note is necessary, and the 90 day employment threshold has been waived. If your employer fails to comply with this statutory requirement, get in touch with us!