Posted on Feb 17, 2021

Call to Give Alberta Workers Three Paid Hours to get Vaccinated

We are calling on the UCP government to speed up the province’s economic recovery by ensuring every worker can get vaccinated without fear of losing part of their income, with a proposal that is broadly similar to the paid hours guaranteed to workers who need to leave their jobsite to vote.

Our proposal is for a Ministerial Order to be issued under section 52.1(2) of the Public Health Act to mandate that workers are entitled to receive three hours of paid time off in order to obtain the vaccination, or to assist a vulnerable family member as long as they provide documentation to their employer.

Specifically, the order should lay out:


1. Notwithstanding section 53.982(1) of the Employment Standards Act, an employee is entitled to paid leave for 3 hours for the purpose of obtaining the COVID-19 vaccination for


a. The employee, or
b. A vulnerable family member who requires assistance


2. Notwithstanding section 53.982(1) of the Employment Standards Act, an employee under clause 1 of this order is exempt from the requirement to be employed for 90 days by the same employer.


3. No employer may make a deduction from the pay of an employee or impose or exact from the employee any penalty by reason of the employee’s absence from employment for the purpose of obtaining the COVID -19 vaccination.


4. An employee is entitled to these same benefits for both the first and second dose of the vaccination.

Widespread vaccination is the single most important factor in getting our small and medium-sized businesses running again. Whether you work in a restaurant, a movie theatre, or a meat-packing plant, you shouldn’t be worried about losing pay when your turn comes to get vaccinated. 

- Christina Gray

 

 

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Rainer H Rohr

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I don't think this is necessary or desirable at a time when many Alberta employers are financially stressed due to reduced business revenues brought on by excessive lockdown regulations. Basically this would be another financial blow to small businesses. As for government employees I don't think they really need this either as I'm sure they can get the vaccine in the same way they get flu vaccines every year. Some get the flu vaccine administered to them at their places of work and others can get the vaccine at hours convenient to them without having to take time off of work. For example Shoppers Drug Mart telephoned me recently to make an appointment to get the Covid-19 vaccine at a time convenient to me. No added legislation for employers is necessary at this time in my opinion.