Answering employers’ COVID-19 medical note and leave questions
Employees that self-isolate because they have COVID-19 must have a doctor’s note saying they have recovered and can return to work: True or False? It depends. Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to take every “reasonable precaution” necessary to protect their work…Continue reading the post titled Answering employers’ COVID-19 medical note and leave questions
The basics of the federal government wage subsidy programs
With each passing day during the COVID-19 pandemic, there seem to be more programs, lists and rules to be aware of. It can feel overwhelming to keep it all straight, so this blog will focus on the Federal Government’s two wage subsidy programs: the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy and the 75% Cana…Continue reading the post titled The basics of the federal government wage subsidy programs
EI Work Sharing: A Potential Option for Employers and Employees
With the decrease in economic activity in the wake of COVID-19, some businesses are resorting to layoffs to reduce operating expenses. But there is an alternative to layoffs that many businesses are not aware of – and one which may reduce some of the traditional risks of layoffs: the Work-Sh…Continue reading the post titled EI Work Sharing: A Potential Option for Employers and Employees
Longer Hours – More Scrutiny
Workplaces still conducting business due to being considered “essential” should brace for more scrutiny by the Ministry of Labour. And on essential construction sites, that scrutiny can occur any time of the night or day, as working hours on these sites have been extended to 24 hours per day…Continue reading the post titled Longer Hours – More Scrutiny
COVID-19 exposure in the workplace: will WSIB approve the claims?
Are workers entitled to WSIB benefits if they contract COVID-19 at work? The answer, in some circumstances, is yes. The WSIB has stated that workers will be entitled to benefits for COVID-19 “arising out of and in the course of the worker’s employment”; this is simply a reflection of the s…Continue reading the post titled COVID-19 exposure in the workplace: will WSIB approve the claims?
Leaves, layoffs, and furloughs – what are the differences? What are the risks?
Perhaps you thought that recent whipsawing between two revisions to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) in one year was confusing. In my humble opinion, that was nothing compared to the deluge of acronyms and information flooding employers in this COVID-19 world. If it feels like thin…Continue reading the post titled Leaves, layoffs, and furloughs – what are the differences? What are the risks?
Canada Emergency Response Benefit: a primer for employers
Please note that since this blog was published, there have been further changes made to the CERB program, summarized here. As such, this blog may no longer be fully updated/accurate. Most employers are aware that the Federal government has introduced wage subsidy programs, described in more …Continue reading the post titled Canada Emergency Response Benefit: a primer for employers
Coronavirus – Employers’ Frequently Asked Questions
With health experts proclaiming that the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (i.e., the “Coronavirus”) is likely to become a pandemic, Canadian employers should prepare for the worst and plan how to respond to various employment-related issues that could arise if the virus continues to spread. With that…Continue reading the post titled Coronavirus – Employers’ Frequently Asked Questions
When is an investigation “appropriate in the circumstances”?
Every investigator has had one of “those” files. Allegations are abundant, historical, and/or about things like “he walked past me once without speaking to me.” Can an investigator refuse to look into allegations if they are ancient? What if they wouldn’t constitute harassment even if they c…Continue reading the post titled When is an investigation “appropriate in the circumstances”?
Are employees “off-ramping” from your organization?
When employees experience personal trauma, challenging transitions in the workplace, difficult relationships with managers, etc., some of them will choose to “off-ramp,” a term referring to those who voluntarily resign or reduce their working hours. Many employers will be familiar with an em…Continue reading the post titled Are employees “off-ramping” from your organization?