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.