Parents Forced To Repay $50,000 In “Benefits” For Not Being Vaccinated

(RepublicanInformer.com)- Many women in the public sector of British Columbia utilized the maternity leave benefits made available to them during the pandemic.

The BC government is now demanding that those who opted not to vaccinate pay back the benefits they received, even though many took time off before the mandates went into effect.

According to MyPGNow, women on maternity leave were given a top-up payment during the epidemic that paid almost 80% of their salary. Employees were only permitted to get the benefit if they agreed to report back to work on a specific day. Those who didn’t comply would have to repay the money. On November 8, 2021, BC’s vaccination requirement for public sector workers went into effect. People who disobeyed the regulation and were not given an exception were informed that they would not be permitted to return to their occupations, even if they worked from home.

Since vaccination was a condition for employment, many women elected not to do so, technically breaking their employment agreements. As a result, they would probably be late for their scheduled return to work date and would be responsible for paying back the money they were paid while on leave. The provincial government states that “the vaccination policy stipulates that BC Public Service employees are to be placed on a leave without pay for at least three months, after which they may be terminated, if they do not receive two doses of vaccination against COVID-19, or refuse to disclose their vaccination status, and do not have an approved exemption request.” The women were quite astonished to learn that this provision could be added after the contracts had been signed because it was not mentioned in their initial contracts. According to a post from MyPGNow, the union that represents the workers produced a video outlining the modifications to their contracts.

Attorney John Rogers stated that employees are free to refuse vaccinations, but their employers are also permitted to “take action” against them.

Many women who have shared their stories in the months since are now facing repayment demands totaling tens of thousands of dollars.