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Are temporary foreign workers required to self-isolate immediately upon landing in Canada, or are they permitted to travel to their final destination in Canada before self-isolating?

Upon arrival in Canada, all travelers, including temporary foreign workers, will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. If they are deemed to not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and otherwise…

Can my employer provide me with a supplement to my Employment Insurance (“EI”) benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes. The Government of Canada is allowing employers to register Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (“SUB”) plans with Service Canada that would allow them to top-up EI benefits for laid-off employees during…

Do I qualify for CERB if I have two jobs?

To be eligible to apply for CERB, individuals must demonstrate that they have stopped working for a reason related to COVID-19. Reasons can specifically include the following: An individual lost…

Is there any financial assistance available if I am not eligible for regular employment insurance (EI)?

On March 25, 2020, the Government of Canada announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) to support workers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB is a taxable benefit…

Can an employee request vacation during the temporary layoff period?

Yes. An employee may request to take vacation time during a temporary layoff.  An employee that requests vacation time is entitled to be paid their full remuneration throughout the vacation…

I have been temporarily laid off. Am I entitled to receive payment for my accrued but unused vacation?

No. When an employee is temporarily laid off, the employment relationship remains intact and continues throughout the layoff period. Given this, employers do not have to pay their employees for…

I have been re-called to work. Can I refuse to return?

Generally speaking, you cannot refuse to return to work unless your refusal is based on a legitimate ground. For example, if you return to work and there is no personal…

My employment has been terminated in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Do I still need to keep looking for work to be entitled to a full termination package?

Yes. Employees who have had their employment terminated have a duty to make efforts to find another job, and thereby reduce their “damages”. These efforts are measured on the standard…

As an employer, is it possible to avoid laying off my employees due to the negative impacts on my business in relation to COVID-19?

The federal government has introduced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”). Eligible employers may receive a subsidy of up to 75% of their employees’ wages for up to twelve (12)…