Are alternative work arrangements possible in Canada?

Employers in Canada are not required to offer alternative work arrangements for their employees; however, they may do so to attract or retain their employees. Needless to say, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted many employees to work-from-home arrangements, and it is difficult to predict the long-term impact the pandemic may have in Canada. Still, an employer outlining alternative work arrangements for an employee may want to consider including benefits such as access to a coworking space or a stipend for work-from-home improvements. 

There are currently specific flexible job-protected leave arrangements in Canada to accommodate employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees may take four weeks of protected leave in the event of contraction or exposure to the virus requiring isolation. Employees may also take 38 weeks of protected leave in certain circumstances, to care for a child under the age of 12 or another family member who cannot care for themselves as a direct result of COVID-19. 

If you have questions about wages and hours regulations in Canada, please get in touch with our team today! 

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