PANDEMIC PAY CLARIFICATION UPDATE
In response to some questions from staff on the various areas of compensation that have been implemented for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing additional clarity and an update on when staff can start to see some of these payment(s).
Temporary Outbreak Pay for Holy Family Hospital (HFH) Long-Term Care (LTC) Staff and Contracted Services Employees
The Ministry of Health (MOH) approved temporary outbreak pay of 1.5 times an employee’s base compensation for June 13, 14 and 15, and July 7 onwards until an end date is determined. All HFH LTC unionized staff and contracted services employees will receive this pay, which will continue to be applied until safe staffing levels can be determined.
The first payment of the additional 0.5 pay will include June 13, 14, 15 and July 7, 8 and 9, and will be reflected on the July 31 pay date.
Payment for hours worked from July 10 to 23 will be applied on the August 14 pay date.
As a reminder, straight-time hours are paid at 1.5 times the employee’s regular hourly rate; overtime hours are paid at two times the employee’s regular hourly rate.
We are monitoring the situation and will try to provide notice to staff once an end date is established.
If you have any questions regarding receipt of temporary outbreak pay, please email: StaffSchedulingQueries@providencehealth.bc.ca.
Federal Temporary Pandemic Pay
All front-line workers and those that support front-line workers are eligible for this pay for the period of March 15 to July 4. The MOH is now working on a standardized funding process and more information on when eligible staff can expect to receive the lump sum payment(s) of about $4 per hour for straight-time hours worked over the 16-week period is expected in mid-August.
Lump sum payments will be considered remuneration for the purposes of the BC Employer Health Tax and will be subject to the same payroll deductions as regular pay; payments will not have any effect on benefits that employees are eligible to receive.
For more information, see the July 23 staff bulletin.
Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) Working Short Premium
The NBA Working Short Premium is not related to the COVID-19 pandemic; this was negotiated in the last round of collective bargaining that took effect on April 1, 2020.
If you have questions about any of the above areas of compensation, please contact Tammy Young, Executive Director, People at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.