Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 – Research Summary

OPSEU has developed a research summary of the Government of Ontario’s Employment Standards Amendment ACT (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020. Please read the attached Employment Standards Amendment Act – Summary or the brief description below.

The following are allowable reasons under this legislation to take this leave:
i) The employee is under individual medical investigation, supervision or treatment related to the designated infectious disease.
ii) The employee is acting in accordance with an order under section 22 or 35 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act that relates to the designated infectious disease.
iii) The employee is in quarantine or isolation or is subject to a control measure (which may include, but is not limited to, self-isolation), and the quarantine, isolation or control measure was implemented as a result of information or directions related to the designated infectious disease issued to the public, in whole or in part, or to one or more individuals, by a public health official, a qualified health practitioner, Telehealth Ontario, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada, a municipal council or a board of health, whether through print, electronic, broadcast or other means.
iv) The employee is under a direction given by his or her employer in response to a concern of the employer that the employee may expose other individuals in the workplace to the designated infectious disease.
v) The employee is providing care or support to an individual referred to in subsection (8) because of a matter related to the designated infectious disease that concerns that individual, including, but not limited to, school or day care closures.
vi) The employee is directly affected by travel restrictions related to the designated infectious disease and, under the circumstances, cannot reasonably be expected to travel back to Ontario.
vii) Such other reasons as may be prescribed.

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