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Introducing: Our Health & Safety Specialist!

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 »

Information on New Sick Benefit

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!

Do Employee Benefits Continue During Pandemic Layoff?

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 »

HR This Week – COVID H&S Issues and Requirements

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 »