In order to provide job protection for workers and flexibility of employers during this pandemic, the Government of Alberta has announced the following changes to take effect immediately and stay in place as long as the government determines it is needed and the public health emergency order remains.

Changes for employees and employers

  • The maximum time for a temporary layoff increased from 60 days to 120 days to ensure temporarily laid-off employees stay attached to a job longer. This change is retroactive for any temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 that occurred on or after March 17.

Changes for employers

  • Removal of the 24-hour written notice requirement for shift changes, and the two weeks’ notice for changes to work schedules for those under an averaging agreement.
  • Removal of the requirement to provide the group termination notice to employees and unions when 50 or more employees are being terminated.

Changes for employees

  • The 90-day employment requirement has been waived for unpaid job-protected leave and the leave length is flexible for employees caring for children affected by school and daycare closures or ill or self-isolated family members due to COVID-19.

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