Unvaccinated federal employees are not exempt from taking unpaid leave today

Ottawa — Core federal public sector employees who have not been fully vaccinated with COVID-19 will be granted unpaid leave today unless already provided accommodation.

This policy could leave more than 1,000 workers unpaid and inaccessible to unemployment insurance benefits.

As of November 3, the majority of federal civil servants were reported to be fully vaccinated.

Of the approximately 267,000 employees who declared their status, over 3,000 requested some accommodation to be able to work without the complete condition of the vaccine.

Some federal civil servant unions have stated that they will file complaints if they feel that the human rights of their employees are not respected.

At the beginning of the policy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it would be difficult to obtain tax exemptions and accommodation.

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