Category Archives: Blog

HR This Week – Live (And Free!)

Technology has finally caught up with my original business plan! I am pleased to announce the new weekly “live blog”, HR This Week. It is a 30-minute “Zoom” Meeting, Thursdays at 11 am, starting May 28. This is an absolutely FREE event, no strings attached. Each week I will discuss a trend or topic that is foremost in HR. If you have a topic you would like to discuss, please use the “contact” form to send me a request, and I will schedule your topic (or let you know if that subject is already on the schedule). Registration is limited Continue Reading »

Health & Safety Needs for Reopening – Are You Ready?

Great news, businesses can finally start reopening. But what does that look like in our “new normal”? You can check out the province’s restart requirements here. There are tips for just about every type of workplace. No matter what type of business you have, changes will need to be made to ensure that all “physical/social distancing” and PPE/safety needs are in place. You will need to rearrange office and work stations, and ensure that persons on “production lines” or who work in close proximity to each other have enough separation, which could mean altering the hours of work and/or adding Continue Reading »

Things to Consider for Reopening

It is exciting to hear that some businesses are being allowed to reopen. But we know that this must be done cautiously, so there are rules surrounding the steps that must be taken to ensure the safety of both staff and customers. I will be taking a look at each of these to help you understand our new normal. No matter what type of business you have, if you want to reopen you will need to establish a written plan and policy for how your business will adapt to the new measures. This will include information for the public and Continue Reading »

Can Employees Refuse to Return to Work for “Safety” Reasons?

As we (finally) get ready to reopen the economy, many workers fear the return to work. But how can the company balance the concerns of the worker against the need to reopen the business? So long as employers provide the basic PPE as required under the Health Unit orders for their area, and “take every reasonable precaution” to protect worker’s health (social distancing, curbside pickups etc.) then NO, they cannot refuse to return. If there is “protest” from the workers, or “doubt” from the employer, it is best to invoke the Work Refusal language under section 43 of the OHSA. Continue Reading »

Getting Ready for the Restart

One thing is certain. Work will be very different from now on, no matter what you do or the field you work in. Is your organization ready for the changes? Now is the time to look at the HR impacts of the future of work. Do you need new language in your employment contracts to deal with layoffs or reassignments? New or updated policies or procedures to deal with “social distancing”? Will new workspace arrangements be required? As mentioned in last week’s blog, if your employees will be working from home now, there are obligations to be met under Health Continue Reading »