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Pay Options for Members at Sobeys/Safeway

During this challenging time, there are many questions and scenarios about your pay when you miss work.

Below is an explanation of multiple scenarios for how you would recover pay and lost wages if you have to leave work for any COVID-19 related reason.

If you have any questions, please contact your Union Rep.


If you are showing symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID-19, and you are directed to self-isolate:
 

  1. You should tell your manager.
    Your manager will file a record of employment with Service Canada
     
  2. You need to apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
    Visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html
     
  3. You should be in self-isolation for two-weeks or until you are well enough to return whichever is longer.

If you are not coming to work because you are a caregiver to young children, caregiver to someone sick or a caregiver to someone in quarantine:
 

  1. Speak to your manager about getting a leave of absence for the reason above.
    Your manager will file a record of employment with Service Canada
     
  2. You need to apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
    Visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

If you want to remove yourself from work as a precaution:
 

  1. Speak to your manager about getting a leave of absence

If you are sick with a cold or flu (or for some other illness that is Not COVID-19) and you have a doctor’s note:
 

  1. Call and tell your manager you are sick
  2. Call Health Links if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 as a precaution. (If they instruct you to self-isolate, see above)
  3. Use sick time if you have it
  4. Apply for Employment Insurance under Sickness Benefits
    Visit https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html
  5. Stay home until you are better

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