On Monday, January 18, the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) announced that Alberta nurses will now receive pay if they are required to self-isolate for COVID-19-related reasons. \nThe new measures will be retroactive, covering leaves of this type dating back to July 6. \nEditor's Choice: An Ontario COVID-19 Expert Says Our Lockdown Measures Are Officially Working\n\n\n\n“\n\n\nAlberta nurses are now eligible for getting paid sick leave for COVID-19, nearly one year after the pandemic started.\n\n\nUnited Nurses of Alberta\n\n\n"The agreement remains in place until at least March 31, unless extended by both parties," said UNA in a Twitter thread.\nIf an employee has COVID-19 symptoms and no confirmed workplace exposure, they are required to get a test and will be paid for scheduled shifts during their isolation period. \nSymptomatic employees who do have a confirmed workplace exposure can apply for Workers' Compensation.\n\nAsymptomatic employees who are under quarantine are also expected to take a COVID-19 test and will be paid for all missed shifts. "This provision does not apply for employees who are required to quarantine because of non-essential international travel," says the statement. \nFinally, "Asymptomatic employees impacted by work restrictions and orders by the Medical Officer of Health affecting their site, unit or office will be eligible for a number of measures to make up for missed regularly scheduled shifts or be compensated for them." \nThese updates impact all employees represented by UNA of AHS, Covenant Health, Lamont Health Care Centre and The Bethany Group (Camrose).\nThere are other changes, including job security provisions, outlined in the new agreement.