COVID-19 Temporary Layoffs
Last updated: July 24, 2020
Extend a COVID-19 Temporary Layoff with a Variance
The maximum length of a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 was extended to 24 weeks, ending on or before August 30, 2020.
Employers and employees can apply together to the Employment Standards Branch for a variance to extend a temporary layoff. Applications submitted by August 25, 2020 will be processed before August 30, 2020.
This process is called a variance because it amends part of the Employment Standards Act. Variances allow work situations that don't strictly meet B.C. employment standards but follow their purposes, such as an extension to a temporary layoff.
If you've been laid off due to COVID-19 and your employer is not ready to recall you back to work, you have options.
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