Extend a COVID-19 Temporary Layoff with a Variance by August 25th

Navigating layoffs is always hard, especially in these uncertain times. Recent changes to temporary layoffs means employees and employers have more options for support.
Together, employers and employees can apply to extend temporary layoffs due to COVID-19. Employees have rights and options as part of the application process.

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.

To access the Employment Standards Branch’s new online application, click here.