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BC Government Creates Retailer Guidelines around COVID-19
The government of British Columbia has announced new guidelines for retailers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here is what the government is asking stores to do: enhance the premise’s sanitation plan and schedule, and ensure staff are practising proper hygiene. This includes frequent hand washing, only coughing or sneezing into an elbow, and avoiding touching one’s face; place hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% ethyl alcohol ...read more 
COVID-19 Worksafe Regulations for Retailers
WorkSafe BC has compiled recommendations for retailers to protect workers and the public during the COVID-19 crisis. The recommendations provide clarity on what the employer can do to promote disinfection and physical distancing in their stores. The recommendations are detailed and comprehensive. Here are some of the highlights for UFCW 1518 members: Controlling the risk of COVID-19 exposure Employers must take all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of ...read more 
Essential service workers to be matched with child care services
BREAKING NEWS: Today, the provincial government announced a new service to match essential workers, including grocery workers, industrial food processors, and home care workers with child care accommodations during the COVID-19 crisis. While the first available spots will go to health care workers, any remaining space will be available to other essential service workers. This announcement comes after UFCW 1518 members and hundreds of people from the community spoke ...read more 
GUIDE: Accessing the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are now open. The CERB supports Canadians by providing financial support to employed and self-employed people who are directly affected by COVID-19. The benefit provides a payment of $2,000 for a 4-week period (the same as $500 a week) for up to 16 weeks. Do I qualify? There are certain requirements to apply for CERB. Use the flowchart below to find ...read more 
Guide: How to refuse unsafe work
It is your right to refuse unsafe work, but it is important to follow the proper steps to ensure the situation gets resolved correctly. Follow this simple guide to report and resolve unsafe work. Steps to refuse unsafe work Tell your supervisor immediately about the unsafe work, and explain why you believe it to be unsafe. Tell them that you are exercising your right to refuse unsafe work under ...read more