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Amendments to employment act guarantee workers access to job leaves during pandemics

The Saskatchewan government has made changes to ensure that workers have access to protected leaves during the coronavirus pandemic
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The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that retroactive amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act will give workers access to job-protected leaves in the midst of a public health emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The amendments include removing the employment requirement of 13 weeks before an employee may access their sick leave, as well as the requirement of a doctor’s note. 

It also includes the introduction of a new, unpaid public health emergency leave that employees may access when the province undertakes official measures to reduce the spread of a disease, under orders from the province’s chief medical health officer and the World Health Organization. 

These amendments are effective as of Mar. 6, said a government press release. 

“We want to thank workers across Saskatchewan for everything they do,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said in a press release. “No one should lose their job for continuing to prioritize health and safety during this public health emergency.”