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Health & Safety for Home Offices

These days, companies are looking at ways to make the “work from home” situation permanent. While this is positive news from a work/life balance perspective, it is important to understand the employer and employee obligations for health and safety when it comes to home offices. A home office is an extension of the workplace and therefore should offer the same level of safety and security as the employee would receive at the regular work office. Employees are most often working alone which can present a unique situation should something unexpected happen. It is important to keep to a contact schedule Continue Reading »

EI & CERB Facts and Info

There are a lot of confusing messages out there regarding EI and CERB benefits. It is nearly impossible to get in touch with a live person at EI to assist you. So here are some FACTS and information (along with links) to help you in your search. FACT: neither of these programs will just send you money. You must apply to them. Please do not fall victim to a scam!EI benefits will pay you up to 55% of your net insurable earnings to a maximum of $573 per week, regardless of how much more you might earn (depends on the Continue Reading »

Its Not a Layoff, Its a Leave of Absence

If you are “laid off” work due to the COVID-19 you may be pleased to know that you are actually on a NEW leave of absence, the Declared Emergency and Infectious Diseases leave. This is a protected leave of absence, and it lasts for as long as the emergency is in effect. Your employer should provide you with a letter explaining the situation, and an ROE, using code N (leave of absence). If they have already issued you an ROE with the shortage of work code, don’t worry, as the new CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) will cover you either Continue Reading »

Can “Non-Essential” Workplaces Still Work?

Absolutely! There are a number of jobs and tasks that can be done remotely. This is a great opportunity to reinvent the way we work, live and play. Let’s try to be positive about it and see if there are ways to improve the work-life balance. It is also a good time to do “the work that never seems to get done” – updating handbooks and policy manuals, training (if it can be done online – here is a link to some programs). Any work that can be done remotely should be. Even though it may present some awkward working Continue Reading »