COVID-19 & Legislation Updates | Weekly Workplace Recap from June 11 to June 17, 2021

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Below are the key announcements from the Ontario, Alberta and BC governments that touch on workplace legislation from June 11 to June 17, 2021.


Provides COVID-19 Featured Updates for Ontario Employers

The COVID-19: Help for Businesses in Ontario webpage has new featured updates and resources for employers:

For further Ontario small business resources and supports, check out this webpage


Updates Guidance Documents for Alberta's Open for Summer Plan

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has updated the following COVID-19 guidance documents for Stage 2 of Alberta's Open for Summer Plan:

CMOH Order 33-2021 outlines COVID-19 masking restrictions for Stage 2 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan and is effective June 10, 2021.

British Columbia

Launches Employer Reimbursement Program for COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

Starting today, June 17, 2021, employers can apply for reimbursement of wages paid to workers who have taken sick leave related to COVID-19. 

The temporary reimbursement program is retroactive to May 20, when legislation was passed to ensure sick workers can stay home for up to three days without losing wages. 

The amendments to the ESA require employers to pay sick workers their regular wages. Employers can then apply for reimbursement up to $200 per day, to a maximum of three days per worker.

Any employer whose workers are covered under the ESA but does not currently provide paid sick leave benefits to its employees will be eligible.

For more information, check out this update

Updates Orders & Guidance Documents for Step 2 of Restart Plan

As of Tuesday, June 15, 2021, BC is transitioning into Step 2 of it's Restart plan which includes lifting restrictions on travel within the province. 

The Provincial Health Officer has released the following updated orders and guidance documents:

For more information, check out his news release

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