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Apr 1, 2020

Labour Commissioner Fields Questions on Labour and COVID-19

Ann Marie Thompson

Labour commissioner Ann Marie Thompson was another guest on the Ask the Experts live show today.  A number of questions submitted by online users were about working during the state of emergency, employer obligations and labour rights. Here’s a look at two of the questions raised a couple times during the webcast.



“The Prime Minister yesterday said that the employers’ obligation to employees under the state of emergency was basically suspended due to force majeure. That the contractive work was also suspended, can the labour commissioner comment?”


Ann Marie Thompson, Labour Commissioner

“Well, we are always guided by the labour act and we know that we are treating with unprecedented situations and the labour act doesn’t cover for all. As it relates to employment, I would like to re-emphasize that once a contract is enforce, the employers and employees are obligated to abide by the term of that contract.”



“If the company that employs doesn’t close down and I, myself, fears contracting COVID-19 wants to stay off work, can they fire me?”


Ann Marie Thompson

“We hear the terminologies close down, shut down – those terminologies are not covered by the Labour Act. However, if a business ceases to operate it is different. Now, we know that in order for survival of both employees and employers, actions need to be taken and our message is that let there be dialogue. Have a conversation – employers, employees and even with your trade union. Out of that conversation an agreement can be made about how the business will continue and how employees will be facilitated.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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