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Alberta eyes changes to help workers self-isolate during coronavirus outbreak

Government looking to drop requirement of doctor's note

Alberta has had 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus. (dottedyeti/Adobe Stock)

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says his government is looking at changing workplace rules to help workers who may need time off during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Kenney says the province is eyeing regulatory changes so people no longer need a doctor’s note to get authorization to stay at home after showing symptoms of the virus.

He says it’s also looking at whether legal clarification is needed to prevent employers from laying off people who are self isolating.

However, Kenney says he trusts employers to do the right thing and not punish Albertans who are trying to avoid spreading the virus, which has seen 14 confirmed cases in the province.

Gil McGowan, the head of the Alberta Federation of Labour, says he appreciates steps the province is taking but more needs to be done.


He says the government can’t guarantee those who return from self-isolation will still have jobs, and it must also make sure they get paid during that time.

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3 Comments » for Alberta eyes changes to help workers self-isolate during coronavirus outbreak
  1. Mike says:

    I am truly worried about my job. AHS 811 just told me to self isolate for the 14 day. My employer said I only qualify for 3 days sick pay. So now I’m facing a real possibility of bankruptcy I live paycheck to paycheck.

  2. Bruce Sank says:

    I had my hrs slashed in haft from 40-48 hrs to 25.5 hrs a week.back in December I also have constricted lung movement how much UI would I recieve if I get my bosses to lay me off due to this virus

  3. Debbie says:

    Can your boss say you quit if you have been away from work for 5 days due to illness

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