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Town Places Part-Time Staff on Declared Emergency Leave

HALTON HILLS, ON – Like many businesses, the Town has had to make some very difficult decisions during these uncertain and challenging times. As such, the municipality made the unprecedented decision to place some part-time staff on unpaid Declared Emergency Leave effective Friday, April 3. This decision follows the Town’s previous actions that saw facility closures to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. “One of our greatest assets is our dedicated and talented part-time staff who deliver the outstanding, high-quality programs and services we offer to the community”, said MayorRick Bonnette, adding “These people support the quality of life that we all enjoy.” The leave affects 276 part-time staff. “This was an unprecedented decision that was not made lightly” said Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Brent Marshall. “Careful consideration was given to each and every part-time position.” The leave is in accordance with the provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). Staff placed on leave are eligible for assistance through either Employment Insurance or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Program as outlined by the Government of Canada. Staff affected by the decision received information on how to access financial support programs. When the state of emergency is lifted, and the Declared Emergency Leave ends, staff will be contacted in preparation to resume their services in Halton Hills. If the Town is unable to re-hire immediately, staff will be placed on a temporary layoff until the Town is in a position to bring them back to work.


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