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Government of Alberta implements mandatory masking and recommends employees ‎continue to work from home

Canada - September 13 2021 On September 3, 2021, new restrictions were announced by the Alberta Government in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Effective September 4, the…

BC’s Phase 3 Restart: Out with the old and in with the new?‎

Canada - July 7 2021 Phase 3 of BC’s COVID-19 Restart Plan began July 1, 2021. Businesses are now able to increase capacity for customers and workers in workplaces…

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation recognized as a new holiday for federally-regulated workers

Canada - June 8 2021 On June 3, 2021, Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and…

British Columbia introduces paid sick leave & increases minimum wage

Canada - June 1 2021 On May 20, 2021 the Employment Standards Amendment Act received Royal Assent. The newly passed legislation immediately provides up to…

Getting back to normal: BC’s restart plan 2.0 and your workplace

Canada - May 28 2021 On May 25, 2021, BC's COVID-19 "circuit breaker" measures officially expired as Premier John Horgan announced the government's new four-step plan…

Doubling-down on workplace safety: BC’s Provincial Health Officer issues new requirements for ‎workplaces and post-secondary institutions‎

Canada - May 5 2021 As the third wave of BC’s COVID-19 pandemic rages on, provincial authorities continue to grapple with how to curtail rising caseloads in the province…

Government of British Columbia introduces paid leave for COVID-19 vaccine ‎appointments

Canada - April 29 2021 As the “circuit breaker” measures and travel restrictions continue to apply across British Columbia to help combat the third wave of COVID-19, Bill…

New travel restrictions in effect for British Columbia

Canada - April 28 2021 The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General detailed new travel restrictions for all persons located within British Columbia in effect from…

Government of Alberta introduces paid leave for employees to receive COVID-19 vaccinations

Canada - April 23 2021 On April 22, 2021, Bill 71: Employment Standards (COVID-19 Vaccination Leave) Amendment Act, 2021 ("Bill 71") received royal assent to retroactively…

British Columbia expands power to close businesses in response to workplace COVID-19 ‎transmission

Canada - April 16 2021 A new public health order has expanded the powers of British Columbia’s medical health officers in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The…