The sudden economic impacts of COVID-19 is a significant challenge for Manitoba.

Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced a move to help ease the economic burden for businesses and to provide greater peace of mind for workers during these uncertain times.

The province is adding a temporary exception to employment standards regulations to give employers more time to recall employees laid off as a result of COVID-19.

That means employers will have more flexibility to recall employees once work picks up again, and avoid severing their employment.

Under current employment standards legislation, employees who have been laid off for eight or more weeks in a 16-week period are deemed to have been terminated and are entitled to wages in lieu of notice.

The minister noted the province will get rid of this exception once the Manitoba begins to recover economically.