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Support During the COVID-19 Crisis for Business Owners

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The outbreak of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the illness COVID-19, has thrust business leaders into wildly uncharted territory. Many businesses have been forced to temporarily close, or have seen a sudden and drastic drop in their revenue. Many are in jeopardy of not surviving this crisis, but we want to make it clear there is help available. Please just ask for help. Our team is business as usual, so we are ready to walk through action steps to help struggling leaders take care of their team and keep their businesses alive.

Business leaders understandably have many questions about how they can continue to support their employees during this period – or how they can keep their operations afloat.

Alberta Announcements

In Alberta it was recently announced that changes to the Alberta Employment Standards Code will allow employees who are required to self-isolate, sick or caring for a loved one with COVID-19 to take 14 days of paid job-protected leave to cover the self-isolation period being recommended by Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.

It was also announced that there will be no requirement to have a medical note for such leave or to have worked for an employer for 90 days to qualify for such leave.

Understandably, this has left employers concerned, as it initially appeared they would need to shoulder the financial costs of a 14-day paid leave for an affected employee. On March 16th, Premier Jason Kenney clarified that any leave would be paid under the federal Employment Insurance program.

We are also continuing to monitor the situation and options for employers across other provinces and territories should you be running a business across provincial/territorial borders.

Here to Help

If you are struggling during this trying time, Honiva Consulting Ltd. is here to help. If you have questions surrounding how to manage your staff during this time, are unsure of options to support your business, or need help navigating swiftly-changing labour legislation, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We can be reached for a free confidential consultation at +1-403-470-5350 or [email protected].

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