April 29, 2021 update: On April 27, 2021, this amendment officially passed into law. BC workers are now entitled to this paid vaccination leave retroactive to April 19, 2021.
On April 19, 2021, the BC Government announced its intention to amend the Employment Standards Act to provide workers with up to three hours of paid leave for each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine they receive. If this amendment passes, it will be retroactively effective to April 19, 2021.
This latest announcement is an expansion on the previously announced job protected leave for workers getting vaccinated, which we blogged about earlier.
COVID-19 continues to have a serious impact on both employees and employers, and we realize that changes to government programs and legislation can be difficult to keep up with. If you have any questions or would like advice about COVID-19 and how it affects your business, employees or employment, please contact Ryley Mennie, Lou Poskitt, or Connor Levy from our Workplace Law Group.