Questions and answers – COVID-19


Occupational health and safety section


Labour standards section

In the case of a layoff of less than six months, you are not required to give written notice to your employees. A verbal notice is sufficient.

However, you must give written notice to employees who have at least three months of uninterrupted service before terminating their employment contract or laying them off for six months or more. The timing of the notice varies depending on the length of uninterrupted service.

Uninterrupted service​

Timing of the notice

3 months to 1 year

1 week

1 to 5 years

2 weeks

5 to 10 years

4 weeks

10 years or more

8 weeks

If the employer does not give notice, it must pay the employee an indemnity equivalent to their usual salary for a period equal to that of the notice to which they were entitled, without taking overtime into account.


Compensation section

For a safe maternity experience program (FSMEP)

New reassignment requests

Workers on reassignment

Workers on preventive withdrawal

FSMEP – Miscellaneous​ questions

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