Employers can now extend temporary layoffs beyond the Aug. 30 deadline, but they need the support of 50% of their workforce.
The provincial government unveiled a new tool today, designed to streamline the process. An online application eliminates the need for printed documents and signatures.
Under B.C.’s Employment Standards Act, temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 can last up to 24 weeks, or until Aug. 30, before the layoff becomes permanent. At that point, employers face the daunting prospect of losing their work team and being forced to pay compensation based on length of service.
The deadline to get staff approval and apply for an extension is Aug. 25.