Since our last post “What are your obligations as an employer in regard to COVID-19“, the Alberta government changed the rules for paid leave.
As of yesterday, employers must now give 14 days of paid, job-protected leave to any employees that are required to self-isolate or are sick or caring for a loved one with COVID-19.
This change could put a lot of added pressure on employers who are likely already facing some financial challenges related to the outbreak. Right now, there are no measures in place to assist employers experiencing financial hardship as a result of this latest change.
The best option for many employers is to make arrangements for affected employees to work from home; however, that isn’t possible for all businesses.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.