Paid Leave For COVID-19 Vaccination Now The Law For Alberta
COVID-19 has led to law firms like MyDefence.ca and the government to adapt, which include, among other things, writing new laws for public safety. Recently, Alberta recently passed a law that gives all workers in the province 3 hours of paid leave for getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
Notably, the opposition suggested the law later in April 2021, and the MLA approved of it the following day. The MLA sped up the approval process by waiving a lot of the bureaucratic processes that other legislations have to deal with, resulting in a bill being approved in record speeds, which is notable for MyDefence.ca and other legal experts.
The law means that employment standards codes in Alberta will receive changes that provide paid COVID-19 vaccine leave, as well as making it illegal for employers to impose punishments for employees who take time off to get vaccine, including termination.
The leave applies to full-time and part-time employees and can cover all the doses of a vaccine, if the need arises. There’s also no requirement to have been employed for a minimum amount of a time.
At a press conference late in April, Labour and Immigration Minister Jason Copping stated that Albertans have stated their desire to get vaccinated, but there are barriers towards that, like being unable to schedule an appointment, their working hours not giving them a chance to get vaccinated, or not being able to handle not getting paid.
This helps workers that work multiple jobs, low income, or just can’t make the time. Copping states that they want to reduce the barriers that Albertans have to deal with when getting vaccinated; they want people vaccinated as quickly as possible.
The idea was suggested by NDP Leader Rachel Notley in the legislature, with support from colleagues coming fast.
Copping stated that they’ve been watching for weeks. Notably, the Saskatchewan government passed similar legislation in March, as part of their efforts to help Canadians get vaccinated.
Edmonton Chamber President & CEO Janet Riopel opposed the bill, stating that the new law will lead to employers having to deal with more costs, which is exacerbating the problems they’re dealing with amidst the coronavirus pandemic.