Torkin Manes (Toronto/Ontario): COVID-19 Update – Proposed Provincial Legislation: Job-Protected Leave

On March 16, 2020, Premier Doug Ford and the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, announced that the Provincial Government intends to introduce legislation that, if passed, would immediately provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or daycare closures.

The Provincial Government’s proposed legislation would, if passed, provide job-protected leave for employees that are unable to attend work for one or more of the following reasons:

  • The employee is under medical investigation, supervision or treatment for COVID-19
  • The employee is acting in accordance with an order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act
  • The employee is in isolation or quarantine
  • The employee is acting in accordance with public health information or direction
  • The employer directs the employee not to work, or
  • The employee needs to provide care to a person for a reason related to COVID-19 such as a school or daycare closure

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