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Employees are the Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.

The Emergency Care Benefit will provide up to $900 biweekly for a maximum of 15 weeks to employees required to self-isolate, care for loved ones required to self-isolate or those required to care for children no longer in school or daycare facilities. Crucially, this benefit will apply to those otherwise ineligible for EI sickness benefits, including self-employed workers, contractors and part-time/casual employees.

The Emergency Support Benefit will provide up to 14 weeks of income support for workers now out of work who are otherwise ineligible for Regular EI Benefits, at a comparable benefit rate. This will apply to the self-employed, contractors and part-time/casual employees otherwise ineligible for Regular EI Benefits.

What remains uncertain at this point is how Phase One of the Federal COVID-19 Economic Response Plan will intersect with the Alberta Government’s recent legislative changes to the Employment Standards Code giving employees up to 14 days of paid leave. We will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation closely and provide real-time updates to Alberta employees as more information becomes available. Your Employment Lawyers. #covid_19 #coronavirus #alberta