The Government of Saskatchewan has introduced amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act to remove the provision requiring a doctor's note or certificate in order to access leave. Requesting written verification from physicians or HealthLine 811 is unnecessary and prevents these resources from being properly utilized at this time.
All workplaces and organizations should be implementing their business continuity plans or assessing the risk of exposure and transmission for their staff and clients and make operational decisions accordingly.
Letter to employers regarding sick note
Questions and Answers COVID-19 Leaves in the Workplace and OHS (March 21, 2020)
Bill 207 - The Saskatchewan Employment Act (Public Health Emergency Leave)
The Employment Standards (Public Emergencies) Amendment Regulations, 2020 (Temporary layoffs)
On March 25, 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan announced further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Government of Saskatchewan is limiting the size of public and private gatherings to a maximum of 10 people in one room,effective March 26, 2020. Exceptions are provided where two-metre distancing between people can be maintained, such as: workplaces and meeting settings where people are distributed into multiple rooms or buildings; and retail locations deemed essential.
The government also released a comprehensive list of critical public services and business services that will be allowed to continue operating during the COVID-19 response and maintaining critical services to the public and industry to prevent supply chain disruption.
The list includes:
- health care and public health workers
- law enforcement, public safety and first responders
- production, processing and manufacturing and the supporting supply chains
- transportation and logistics
- government and community services
- media and telecommunications
- construction including maintenance and repair
- select retail services
- banking and financial services
The full list of allowable business services is available here:Critical Public Services to Address COVID-19 and Allowable Business Services.
Non-allowable business services will be prohibited from providing public-facing services. Examples of this include: clothing stores; shoe stores; flower shops; sporting good and adventure stores; vaping supply shops; boats, ATV, or snowmobile retailers; gift, book, or stationary stores; jewelry and accessory stores; toy stores; music, electronic and entertainment stores; pawn shops; and travel agencies.
This is in addition to the business services that were ordered closed on March 23.
On March 20, 2020, the Chief Medical Health Officer updated the public health order under The Public Health Act to further reduce the risk of potential COVID-19 transmission in the province. At the same time, Premier Scott Moe signed an order pursuant to the provincial State of Emergency directing that all orders of the government and Chief Medical Health Officer must be followed and that law enforcement agencies in Saskatchewan have the full authority to enforce those orders.
In consultation with the Minister of Health, the following measures are effective immediately:
- The closure of all nightclubs, bars, lounges and similar facilities. Take out of alcohol or food products so permitted with two-metre distancing between customers and the delivery of alcohol or food products.
- In-person classes in all primary and secondary educational institutions both public and private are suspended.
- Visitors to long-term care homes, hospitals, personal care homes and group homes shall be restricted to family visiting for compassionate reasons.
Read the full news release.
Our workplace has people who have travelled to an affected area. Should they stay home until they know they do not have COVID-19?
All international travellers, including those returning from the U.S., must self-isolate for 14 days after returning to Canada. If you develop symptoms call your physician or HealthLine 811.
Health Care workers who have travelled internationally, truckers and airline crews are exempt, if they are required to work to maintain business continuity and will be supervised by Infection, Prevention Control Officers and Occupational Health and Safety.
I am worried about a co-worker who has recently travelled and I want to work from another location. Can my manager approve that?
If you are concerned that someone in your workplace has travelled recently, speak with your manager.