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Pandemic Pay – Sample Language

Letter of Understanding
Special Payments to Members during a Declared Public Health Emergency

Should government declare a public health emergency in an area where [workplace/facilities] covered in this agreement is located and/or affected, and within 7 calendar days of the declaration, the Employer and Union shall meet to discuss the health and safety implications for employees/members of the bargaining unit.

In the course of those discussions, the Parties commit to establishing a process for the disbursement of special payments, including hazard pay, for employees.

This process will ensure:

1.    A special hourly payment that is applied to the base rate of pay for all members of the bargaining unit that are actively working;

2.    Any special payment will apply to other wage-related benefit provisions in this collective agreement, including overtime pay, holiday pay, pensionable earnings, etc.;

3.    The timeline for special payments shall coincide with the prevailing emergency framework issued by the relevant government’s chief medical officer of health, and not any arbitrary measure;

4.    Any other matters deemed appropriate by the Parties.

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