Oakville Staples employees are receiving flexible paid leave to get their COVID-19 shot.
Staples Canada announced it will provide up to three hours of paid leave for its workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available in their jurisdiction.
In an effort to help employees make an informed decision regarding their health, the retailer will also provide educational resources and information sessions with a medical professional regarding the vaccine.
“As one of Canada’s largest national retailers, we recognize the important role we play in the lives of our employees, customers and the communities we serve,” said Wanda Walkden, Chief Human Resources and Talent Officer, Staples Canada. “We want to make sure that our employees have access to the information they need to make an informed decision, as vaccination efforts across Canada continue to increase.
“Supporting employee health and safety is a responsibility we take seriously and providing our employees with paid time off to receive the vaccine, if they wish to, is part of that commitment.”
Stables Canada has provided its employees with paid sick time through the pandemic.
The company has also provided workers and their eligible dependents with access to one-on-one virtual healthcare, an Employee Assistance Program and other resources to help them make informed decisions regarding their health.
The Oakville store is one of 300 Staples Canada locations. It’s also one of five co-working facilities under the Staples Studio banner.