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Date Issued: 29/09/2021

Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to set out the responsibilities and expectations with respect to the employees of the Government of Saskatchewan in the context of COVID-19 vaccination and testing. 

Policy Statement
The Government of Saskatchewan provides an array of services to its citizens and is obligated to ensure that those services are provided in a safe, efficient and effective manner. As the employer, the Government of Saskatchewan is responsible to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its workforce at work, as far as reasonably practicable.  

Objectives
Employees will be aware of and understand the expectations and associated processes respecting COVID-19 vaccination and testing.

Principles
This policy is based on the following principles:
  • The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to safety in all we do.
  • COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements ensure the workplace continues to deliver important public services and work duties are carried out safely.
  • The confidentiality and privacy of employees' personal health information will be respected and protected at all times.
  • This policy will be administered consistent with all applicable legislation and Government of Saskatchewan policies.
Application
This policy applies to all employees of the Government of Saskatchewan.

Policy Terms
On and after October 1, 2021:

Every employee shall:
  1. Be fully-vaccinated and provide evidence of vaccination if requested; or,
  2. Provide evidence of a valid negative COVID-19 test result to the employer at least every seven (7) days, and:
    • Take the test during non-work hours; and,
    • Pay any costs associated with taking a COVID-19 test.
Employees not in compliance with this policy will be subject to discipline in accordance with PS 803 Corrective Discipline up to and including termination of employment.

Responsibilities
Employees have a responsibility to:
  • Read, understand and comply with this policy. 
  • Raise any questions regarding this policy with their manager/supervisor. 
Managers/supervisors have a responsibility to:
  • Ensure employees understand and comply with this policy.
  • Review the evidence of vaccination or valid negative COVID-19 test to verify the employee can be engaged in work duties in accordance with the established verification process, and keep confidential the information provided by an employee.
Employers have the responsibility to:
  • Establish a verification process for collecting and reviewing the evidence of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results.
  • Equip managers/supervisor with the knowledge, tools and supports to the requirements of this policy and other related policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that contractors apply equivalent COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements to their employees who are working for significant amounts of time in public sector workplaces. 
Definitions
COVID-19 test means any of the following tests administered at a testing site approved by the Minister of Health:
  1. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for SARS-CoV-2;
  2. A point-of-care antigen test for SARS-CoV-2; and,
  3. Any other test for SARS-CoV-2 approved by the Minister of Health.

Employees of the Government of Saskatchewan means:
  1. All in-scope and out-of-scope employees appointed under The Public Service Act, 1998;
  2. Individuals on work-experience placements;
  3. Volunteers working on behalf of Executive government; and,
  4. Persons employed on personal services contracts.

Evidence of vaccination means any type of vaccination record or documentation as defined by the Government of Saskatchewan for its citizens.

Fully-vaccinated with respect to an employee, means that the employee has received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or combination of COVID-19 vaccines, approved by Health Canada, and 14 or more days have passed since the employee received the last of the recommended number of doses.

SARS-CoV-2 means severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Valid negative COVID-19 test means a COVID-19 test taken within seven (7) days from the date of testing.

Authority
The Health Information Protection Act
The Public Employers' COVID-19 Emergency Regulations
The Public Service Act, 1998
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code
The Saskatchewan Employment Act, 2013

Related Policies
PS 705 Employment Accommodation Policy
PS 803 Corrective Discipline
PS 819 Health, Safety and Wellness Policy

Additional Resources
Employee and Family Assistance Program

Policy Inquiries

For inquiries, please contact the Human Resource Service Centre.

If you have any questions or require more information please contact:

HR Service Centre

hrsc@gov.sk.ca

Phone: 1-877-852-5808 or 306-798-0000

Fax: 1-877-852-9219 or 306-798-9966

2100 Broad Street, Regina, SK, S4P 1Y5

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