New “Vaccination Leave” May Be Coming to BC

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The British Columbia Ministry of Labour is currently considering amending the BC Employment Standards Act to provide for a “COVID vaccination” leave. Discussions are in the early stages but the Saskatchewan model is under consideration. In Saskatchewan, employees are entitled to three (3) consecutive hours of job-protected paid leave for the purpose of obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.

While most employers are likely to permit employees to take the necessary time-off to attend a vaccination appointment, the issue of the employer being responsible to pay its employees for that time-off is likely to be debated among stakeholders.

We will continue to update you as more information comes to light.

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