I am very pleased to announce that I have added a Health and Safety Specialist to the team! Steven Mitchell has more than 7 years of progressive safety and training experience and joins us from a recent position Challenger Motor Freight and previously Carter’s Oshkosh, where he was the Health and Safety Coordinator at each company. Steven has been responsible for creating and managing safety management systems, writing policies and procedures, reducing workplace risk and injuries while maintaining company compliance and conducting training in various safety related topics and wellness programs. Steven has contributed and has helped build various safety Continue Reading »
The Federal Government recently announced “paid sick days” for workers who are ill or must quarantine/isolate due to COVID. While this is a great benefit, it is quite limited: 1. It is available from September 27, 2020 until September 25, 2021 2. It is provided in two (2), one-week periods. 3. Each week must be separately applied for, within 60 days. 4. You can only receive 2 weeks of support. No further claims will be allowed Need help with your Emergency Leave or COVID policies? Call us today!
Did you know? The minimum wage in Ontario is set to rise by 25 cents to $14.25 per hour on October 1, 2020. Employers will need to ensure that their payroll software is updated to account for the increase. Got HR Questions? We have the answers! Call us today!
I have been seeing comments and questions from employers who are facing the cancellation of benefits from the provider, on the grounds that the employees are “laid off” and no longer eligible for benefits (due to 13 weeks of layoff). The Ontario Government announced in late May that the “Infectious Disease Emergencies Leave” had been implemented. Under the IDEL, all workers covered under the Employment Standards Act (but not those covered by a union) are considered to be on a protected leave, and not laid off, retroactive to March 1, 2020. Absences from work are eligible for coverage under this Continue Reading »
The HR This Week networking/seminar on July 2 will look at the new Health and Safety Requirements for COVID and how they affect everything from workplace layout to handling sick calls from workers. In order to reopen, workplaces must establish a written policy and plan that outlines how they will adapt the workplace for COVID restrictions: having enough PPE and sanitizing supplies; rearranging work schedules and work station layout to allow for proper physical distancing; installation of barriers; and working from home as a new normal. If your company has made the shift to permanent home offices, employers have even Continue Reading »