Transportation: What you need to know about COVID-19

CLAC recognizes that our Transportation members face challenges that are unique to their workplace or sector as during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some useful links and tips for you.

If you are laid-off, quarantined, or are unable to work

Your rights

New Covid Leave of Absence

  • Employers must not require medical note (ESA 52.12)
  • Employer must continue to provide benefits and contributions while on Covid-19-related leave of absence (ESA 56.2)¬†
  • Employers must follow collective agreement provisions for layoff and recall

Contact your CLAC representative if your employer is not following these provisions.

If you are still working

Your employer is responsible for creating a safe work environment. This includes:

  • Monitoring the health of their staff
  • Creating social distancing for employees, customers and anyone using their facilities
  • Cleaning and sanitation of common areas, washrooms etc.
  • Equipping employees with needed cleaning/ personal protection items
  • Following all requirements from provincial and federal authorities
  • Preventing exposure from potentially sick employees

Contact your CLAC representative if your employer is not following the above safety practices.

What should you and your coworkers be doing?

  • Stay home and self-isolate if you show any symptoms
  • Closely self-monitor
  • Practice social distancing¬†
  • Don't put yourself, your family or others at increased risk or exposure

HOS and Logbooks during the Pandemic:

There are limited exemptions for HOS and keeping a Logbook for some drivers and loads. Broadly, this includes the movement of medical supplies, fuel, food to grocery stores etc. To see if the lifting of these requirements applies to you, visit National Safety Code Bulletin

  • This bulletin was accurate as of its date of implementation, April 2, 2020.
  • If you believe this bulletin applies to you, speak with your employer before running over your normal HOS.
  • If you need to find a rest area in BC, visit this link: Map of BC Rest Areas