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Aug 13, 2020

Reminder: Applications for Temporary Layoff Extensions Close August 25th

While there are signs of increased economic activity in many sectors, some employers are not yet able to recall their workers. To extend a “COVID-19 emergency layoff” beyond August 30, the province has set up an online portal where employers and workers can apply jointly to the Employment Standards Branch for a further temporary layoff variance.
Without this variance, the employment relationship will be permanently severed as of August 30, and eligible employees must be provided any severance they are owed as a result of termination. Applications must be received by the August 25 deadline to be considered.
The BC Chamber continues to be concerned that this application process may be overly burdensome for businesses and so if you are challenged with this new approach and the requirements of the application, please EMAIL US. We appreciate any and all feedback.