One of the many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic was having to issue layoffs and navigate the Employment Standards of doing so. Usually only lasting 13 weeks, the BC government acted to extend the temporary layoff period to 16 weeks during the state of emergency.
Now, a new system is in place to extend layoffs beyond August 30, 2020.
To extend an employee’s layoff beyond this date, you will need to apply for an extension through a BC government portal.
In order to apply, you must:
- Ensure the affected employees are aware of the application
- Have at least 50% of the affected employees approve the decision to apply for the extension
- Apply to the portal by August 25th
We hope this reminder serves you well – should you have any questions about the application portal, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Business Resources team at 1-888-234-2232 to get the support your need.
What is CFIB doing to advocate on temporary layoff policy during COVID-19?
Your BC Advocacy team urged the government to simply extend the temporary layoff period beyond 16 weeks during the state of emergency. The province chose to introduce the application portal instead. We recognize this as just another red tape hurdle while you try to keep your business running. We are committed, and will continue to advocate that the government extend the temporary layoff period, or at the very minimum extend the deadline.