CARING FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILY MEMBERS
On March 17, 2020 the BC government announced the indefinite closure of K to 12 schools. Employees who are unable to attend work because they are required to care for their children may access paid leave banks such as vacation and banked overtime.
In these circumstances, staff do not qualify for a paid general leave or sick leave. If you do not have vacation or banked overtime and cannot attend work, you will be placed on an unpaid leave of absence.
Asymptomatic health care workers who are required to remain at home to care for sick family members may use vacation and banked overtime. They do not qualify for a general paid leave or sick leave. If you do not have banks and cannot attend work, you will be placed on an unpaid leave of absence.
Special leave for unionized employees or personal leave for non-contract employees may be applicable depending on the circumstances. Please continue to follow current processes for requesting these leaves
We do appreciate that this will be difficult for staff with children, and we will do all that we can to help. Please watch for information on child care resources for Providence staff in future bulletins.
Federal Resources Available
Employees who face a loss of regular wages may be able to access funds for workers providing care for their children or taking care of a family member who has COVID-19. For further details, please go to the Government of Canada website on its economic response plan.
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.