Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
 

Information for Employees

NEW Last updated: April 2, 2020

Public health orders were issued on March 30th and come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 1. Please visit the State of Emergency page to see if these orders affect your business or workplace.


Keeping Employees Safe

Employers are urged to direct employees to use good hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes washing your hands frequently, practising good cough and sneeze hygiene, and staying home when they are sick.

Under The Workplace Safety and Health Act, workers have the right to refuse work that they reasonably believe constitutes a danger to their safety and health, or that of another person should they perform the task. There is a legal process that work refusals must follow. This PDF offers a summary of the standard process. However, workplaces with collective agreements in place may have additional steps or requirements.

COVID-19 spreads through close contact, which is why social distancing of two meters is recommended. If anyone, including an employee, is diagnosed with COVID-19, Public Health officials will trace who has been in close contact with that individual and will inform them directly. If you are at risk of having contracted the virus from a colleague, Public Health will let you know.


Before contacting the Manitoba Labour Board, please review the following information:

However, please note that the below is only intended to serve as a guide, and for general information only.  

If you are not represented by a union and have questions regarding layoffs, termination and group terminations, visit the Manitoba Employment Standards Branch website or contact by phone at 204-945-3352. You can also consult their Fact Sheet on Termination of Employment.

If you are not represented by a union and have questions regarding job-protected leave visit the Manitoba Employment Standards Branch website or contact by phone at 204-945-3352.

If you are represented by a union, please consult your collective agreement, or contact your union.

To answer your questions regarding long-term leave for serious injury or illness, visit the Manitoba Employment Standards Branch website or contact by phone at 204-945-3352.  You may also consult their Fact Sheet on Long-Term Leave for Serious Injury or Illness.

If you wish to apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or have questions related to EI benefits, please call 1-800-206-7218 or visit their website Employment Insurance benefits.

As of March 27, 2020, The Manitoba government is adding a temporary exception to employment standards regulations to give employers more time to recall employees laid off as a result of COVID-19. This temporary amendment ensures that any period of layoff occurring after March 1, 2020, will not be counted toward the period after which a temporary layoff would become a permanent termination. For further information, please see the news release or contact Employment Standards.

If you have questions regarding your right to refuse work that you reasonably believe constitutes a danger to your safety and health, please call 1-855-957-SAFE (7233) or visit their website Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health (WSH)https://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/safety/.