Extend a COVID-19 temporary layoff

Last updated: August 31, 2020

Together, employers and employees can apply to the Employment Standards Branch for a variance to extend a temporary layoff due to COVID-19.

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 rights and options.

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Employers with plans to recall employees by a specific date can apply for a variance or renew an existing variance online.

Apply to extend a temporary layoff

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