Employment Issues During COVID-19: Your Questions Answered (Cassels Webinar)

Employment Issues During COVID-19: Your Questions Answered (Cassels Webinar)


Over the past two months, the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for employers across Canada. Many have had to contend with mandatory workplace closures, unexpected workforce reductions, and/or a rapid transition to a remote working environment.

The federal and provincial governments have introduced a number of relief programs aimed at helping businesses and their employees navigate the pandemic, but the rules surrounding those programs have, in some cases, evolved significantly

Now, as some Canadian jurisdictions begin to lift workplace closure orders, employers must consider the many occupational health and safety issues that coincide with the gradual return to in-person workplace operations.

On May 14, 2020, Cassels addressed employers’ most frequently asked questions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic during a one-hour webinar.

Topics covered include:

  • The latest developments relating to governmental support programs for employers and employees, including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Canada Emergency Response Benefit and Work-Sharing Program
  • Constructive dismissal issues arising in relation to temporary layoffs and compensation/work hour reductions
  • Best practices and statutory compliance issues in a remote working environment
  • Occupational health and safety considerations for businesses providing essential services and those preparing for a return to in-person operations

Speakers included Adrian Jakibchuk and Maria Constantine from our Employment & Labour Group.

Watch the full webinar here.

Additional resources related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.


Continuing Legal Education
AB: Please consider including this course as a learning activity in your mandatory annual CPD Plan.
BC: This program has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for 1 Hour of CPD (Corporate).
ON: This program contains 1 hour of Substantive content.

This publication is a general summary of the law. It does not replace legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

For more information, please contact any member of our Employment & Labour Group.

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