Ontario Extends Suspension of Temporary Layoffs to January 1, 2022

The Ontario Government has further extended the existing measures designed to delay temporary layoffs from triggering ESA termination and severance liabilities to January 1, 2022.

Prior to this latest amendment, employees who were deemed to have been on infectious disease emergency leave would have reverted back to temporary layoff as of September 25, 2021.

Effective September 16, 2021 the existing terms found in Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”) Ontario Regulation 228/20 have been amended with Ontario Regulation 650/21.

With the extension to January 1, 2022, employees who have had hours of work reduced or eliminated for reasons related to COVID-19 would not be considered to be on temporary layoff until after January 1, 2022.

If you have any questions about this extension or matter, other COVID-19 related issues, or would like any other workplace law assistance, please contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer, or refer to the Firm’s COVID-19 website resources.

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