Announced Today: Paid Sick Leave “Amendments to the Employment Standards Act providing workers with up to three hours of paid leave to get each dose of their COVID-19 vaccine are now in effect, retroactive to April 19, 2021.

Bill 3 is now law and ensures that no employee will lose pay if they need time away from work to get vaccinated. Both full-time and part-time employees can take up to three hours of paid leave.”

This leave is helping make it as easy as possible for British Columbians to get their vaccines, as a part of B.C.’s Immunization Plan, which also includes flexible clinic hours and online registration to book vaccines.

The amendment is intended to support British Columbians through the current COVID-19 pandemic and will be in place until repealed by regulation.


Learn more about COVID vaccinations and your employees.

Featuring:   James Kondopulos, Roper Greyell LLP, Employment & Labour Lawyers


This video was filmed and up to date as of 9am on April 1st 2021.



James D. Kondopulos is a founding member and partner of Roper Greyell LLP, a Vancouver-based employment and labour law boutique with over 40 lawyers who practise exclusively in the area of workplace law.

He has represented employers and senior employees before all levels of court and a wide range of workplace-related administrative tribunals in British Columbia.  He is frequently recommended as a strong advocate who provides capable representation and pragmatic advice.

James was named one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 in 2013.  He is a Chambers-ranked lawyer and has been repeatedly recognized as a leading lawyer in employment and labour law by Best Lawyers, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Who’s Who Legal.  James spends most of his time outside work with his wife and their three children.  He is a past board member of the children’s charity, Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon.