Chamber network win – Extension to Temporary Layoff Provision

BC Business spoke with one voice and the provincial government listened on the temporary lay-off provision!

Thank you to Premier Horgan and the BC government for acting on the BC Chamber network and other business associations’ request to further extend the temporary layoff provision in the Employment Standards Act to August 30th.

This is a clear BC Chamber network win.

Local chambers shared with the BC Chamber that the temporary layoff provision was top of mind for their members’ and we made sure the provincial government knew that. See the compelling results of our most recent survey on this issue.

Thank you to all chambers and members who brought their voice to this urgent conversation – and for your stellar leadership.

Extending the temporary lay-off provision will save countless businesses from going bankrupt if they had to pay out severance to their employees who have been temporarily laid off due to COVID-19. In the majority of cases, we know employers want to bring back their teams – but they just need more time. By extending this timeframe again, the provincial government is giving business more time to get back on their feet and open their business’ doors again. By providing this breathing room, the provincial government is helping to get more British Columbians back to work.

The ability for businesses and employees to maintain their connection will help our province drive greater prosperity in the long run and accelerate us along the path to recovery.

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