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 »
Under the newly-announced revision to the Termination provision of the ESA, workers whose hours or jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 are now considered to be on a protected, Infectious Disease Emergency Leave. If you have laid off employees, and they will not be able to return to work beyond the previous 13-week limit, they will not be able to sue for constructive dismissal since the pandemic is beyond the control of the employer. The employer is required to maintain the employee as though they are on any other protected leave, such as parental. If your company has terminated Continue Reading »
Employers no longer have to worry about constructive dismissal lawsuits or “termination pay” for workers who remain off work due to provincial shutdowns. Join me for HR This Week on Thursday morning at 11:00, where I will be discussing the impact of the changes to the Employment Standards Act due to the COVID pandemic. Register today – space is limited!
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 »
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 »