UPDATED INFORMATION-COVID 19
April 16, 2020
We have been waiting patiently, and urging Canada Post to extend full quarantine leave provisions to ALL employees for weeks now. These efforts have been occurring at a National, Regional and Local level. We have not seen the kind of movement we want, so we feel it is important to share with you information about accessing the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). We want to make it very clear that CUPW believes ALL employees should have 100% CPC-paid coverage for any leave required to keep yourselves, fellow workers, your family and the public safe during this pandemic. What you see below is a resource to help you make informed decisions about your personal health, safety and leave needs. This will be particularly important for Temps/Casuals/OCREs who are not being offered coverage by CPC consistently. However, it may have application for permanent employees as well in extenuating circumstances. CUPW National has also just issued a bulletin on this topic that you might find answers to a few more questions (click here to read the National bulletin).
If a healthcare professional instructs you to stay home and self-isolate, or if you are at home due to child/elder care or because you yourself are in a high-risk group, the process you should follow as a Temp/Casual/OCRE is as follows:
- Always start by contacting Healthlinks/your physician and have them advise you on the course of action (isolate, seek testing, etc.)
- Contact your supervisor and indicate you have been instructed by a healthcare professional to quarantine/are at high risk or need to care for children/elders and would like to access the CPC Special Leave benefits. (Hopefully they will grant you paid leave. Double check they have coded you properly in MySAP.)
- If they do not grant you leave, ensure they code you as approved leave without pay and check this coding is done properly in MySAP.
- Visit the CERB website and follow the steps to apply for funding.
- Your Record of Employment (ROE) from Canada Post should be submitted automatically to EI/CRA, but if you want to be certain you can contact AccessHR and have them submit your ROE.
If you fit the following criteria you can apply for CERB:
- Workers who have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
- Workers who had employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and,
- Workers who have not quit their job voluntarily.
- To be eligible, you can not have earned more than $1,000 in the four week pre-benefit and benefit periods.
Note: The Government of Canada is taking any fraudulent cases related to the CERB very seriously. If you are accessing ANY leave provisions, even STDP, through Canada Post you should not be applying for CERB.
If you are a Temp/Casual/OCRE who has experienced hours cut or no work at all, this may be a viable solution for you. You need to follow the government's processes and contact CRA for more info to ensure you're eligible. The Winnipeg Local is providing information here, not a guarantee of eligibility.
You can find the CERB application by clicking here.
If you think you are exhibiting symptoms, call Health Links to get them to assess you. They also have an online screening tool. Follow their advice, even if it contradicts what your supervisor or manager says.