Employment Standards Act amended to respond to COVID-19
Dan Sheppard reviews Bill 186, which expands emergency leave protections for employees
On March 19, 2020, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario was recalled to enact legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bill 186, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020, was passed on an expedited basis. It expands ESA emergency leave entitlement to cover the current COVID-19 pandemic, as well potential future emergencies related to infectious diseases.