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Sask. Ends Public Emergency Layoff Provisions on July 11th

On Sunday, July 11th, the Government of Saskatchewan will remove the public health orders related to COVID-19 and lift the state of emergency for the province.

In light of this announcement, employers will have two weeks within which to schedule an employee who has been on a temporary layoff back to work, or provide pay instead of notice as required by The Employment Standards Regulations.

“As a response to COVID-19, we made amendments to regulations that allowed employers to maintain employees and to plan the transition back to the workplace when the public emergency no longer existed,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “Saskatchewan people have done a good job getting vaccinated.  We are now able to re-open Saskatchewan.”

While employees will no longer be entitled to the public health emergency leave, they will continue to have job protection for absences due to illness.  Employees will also continue to have job protection until September 25, 2021 if they are receiving the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit and Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit.

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