Job-protected leave has been written into British Columbia's Employment Standards Act to give workers time off to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.
Labour Minister Harry Bains says the safeguard will ensure that no one will lose their job if they need time away to get vaccinated.
We are making sure that no one will lose their job if they need time off work to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and we are also including time off work to take a dependant to get vaccinated. https://t.co/nvj0aZH8xh— Harry Bains (@HarryBainsSN) April 1, 2021
The changes allow part-time and full-time workers to take as much time as needed to travel and receive the vaccine or to take a dependent family member to get their shot, though no specific time has been set out.
Bains says he know that most businesses understand the importance of having their employees vaccinated to provide a safe place for workers and their customers.
The regulatory changes also include expanding job-protection leave for reasons related to COVID-19, aligning with federal government sickness and caregiver benefits.
Those changes would allow a worker in the province to take leave if they need to care for other family members because of COVID-19 while their job remains protected.