New Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Provides Relief to Ontario Employers
Friday, June 5, 2020
By Barry W. Kwasniewski and Luis R. Chacin
The Ontario government filed Regulation 228/20, Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (the “Regulation”) under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), on May 29, 2020, providing an unpaid job-protected Infectious Disease Emergency Leave to non-unionized employees whose employers have temporarily reduced or eliminated their hours of work. The Regulation provides employers, including charities and not-for-profits (“NFPs”), with temporary relief from the ESA’s provisions regarding termination, severance and constructive dismissal for non-unionized employees, including “assignment employees.” This temporary relief is retroactive to March 1, 2020 and will expire six (6) weeks after the declared emergency ends.

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