View the Employment Standards podcast and/or view the slides from the podcast for information for businesses about Public Health Emergency Leave and Public Emergency Layoff provisions.
For questions about Employment Standards provisions, please call 1-800-667-1783.
Information to help businesses manage staffing and leave due to COVID-19.
Rapid Response services and the Employer Services Branch of the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training (ICT)
Provide services for employers, including customized assistance to attract, develop and retain employees, including assistance for employers to navigate through Government of Saskatchewan and Government of Canada programs and services.
Reducing Employees' Work Hours:
Federal Government's Work-Sharing (WS) temporary special measures, implemented to support employers and workers affected by COVID-19
Public Health Emergency Leave
The Public Health Emergency Leave is for employees required to isolate themselves or care for someone during a public health emergency.
Bill 207 – The Saskatchewan Employment Act
Support to Manage Your Workforce
- The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will provide a 75 per cent subsidy to support eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020;
- Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program will allow employers to:
- Receive an increased wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee;
- Extend the end date for employment to February 28, 2021;
- Adapt their projects and job activities;
- Hire staff on a part-time basis.
The Saskatchewan Employment Act and Labour Relations & Workplace Safety (LRWS):
Public Emergency Layoffs
Employers can issue layoffs as part of their response to a public emergency during an order of the chief medical health officer or an emergency declaration by the Government of Saskatchewan.
Employers do not have to provide notice or pay instead of notice for layoffs that occur during and for up to two weeks after a public emergency period. The additional two weeks are provided for employers and employees to prepare for the employees to return to work.
Employment Insurance (EI) Benefits
For more information about EI options available for employees, visit:
Or, contact the Government of Canada:
Employer Contact Centre
Sickness Benefits: sick and/or quarantined with COVID-19
Temporary Foreign Workers
Guidance for employers of Temporary Foreign Workers regarding COVID-19.
If you need additional support, the Ministry of Trade and Export Development COVID-19 Business Response Team is available to assist you from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.