The Manitoba government has announced its Healthy Hire Manitoba Program, a new wage support for employers to help cover the cost of new hires. Under the program, organizations can apply for up to $50,000 in provincial support to help cover the wages of new employees who can attest they have been vaccinated or will be vaccinated.
Eligible employers will receive a grant equivalent to 50% of wages for a maximum of 10 employees, with a maximum of $5,000 per employee. The wage support covers full pay periods for employees hired on or after June 10, 2021, with the last pay period ending October 15, 2021.
While nearly 75% of all Manitobans have now been vaccinated, there is some debate in the legal community regarding an employer’s ability to ask for, or hire based on, prospective workers’ vaccination records.
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