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Can employer layoff if I am high-risk indiv. w/Dr note? & Will I still qualify for govt benefits if advised to stay home

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Mar 26, 2020
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Can employer layoff if I am high-risk indiv. w/Dr note? & Will I still qualify for govt benefits if advised to stay home

Hello RFD folks,

I'm a close-to-retired individual (<5Y out) and have been working at my current Manufacturing company in Ontario about 10-15 years. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, most of us have been on CEWS (75% subsidy from Govt) for the past few weeks. I have recently been asked to report back to work where some additional safety precautions have been set in place.

Due to past medical conditions which put me at a higher risk (along with my age also being a factor), the doctor may advise me not to go back to work either temporarily (for a few weeks) or for a longer period of time. I wanted to know if:

That can lead to my employer laying me off leading me to be forced into early retirement or whether they are expected, legally, to work with me. Ideally I would want to continue working to ensure financial stability through my retired years. Or is there any legal aspects where they would have to do their best to keep me on board (such as doing a bit of work from home; unfortunately most of my work can't be done at home) or put me on short term disability?

Will I be eligible to continue with CEWS or at least CERB ($500 per week subsidy) government programs? Technically they have 'offered me to come back to work' and refusal would mean I wouldn't qualify. However, if I am told to refuse the work due to medical reasons with a doctor's note, will I remain eligible for these programs?

I would appreciate your intelligent thoughts. Thank you.

x-posted on reddit pfc as well for some opinions there. I'm sure there is likely some overlap. Thanks.
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Jan 31, 2006
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Your first option is ask your doctor to fill-up a medical form (application for sick leave) from Service Canada and submit it (the note you have might not be accepted).
If you became eligible for sickness benefits March 15th onward, you will receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
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Super10 wrote: I appreciate your advice. I could locate a reporting format for the doctor but not a Prescribed Form in the following ServiceCanada.ca website. Please let me know if this is not the correct form/format. Thank you for your help.
https://www.canada.ca/en/government/pub ... -form.html
I only apply once since I migrated to Canada, but it seems to be this one, https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benef ... apply.html
[OP]
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Mar 26, 2020
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Your advice is very helpful. Thank you much for your assistance.
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If you decline to report back to work you would be considered terminated and ineligible for E.I.

I'd get the medical ducks in a row before you respond to the company.
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