Category Archives: Health and Safety

Blogs on topics relating to Occupational Health and Safety laws, policies, and best practices

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 »

Vacation Pay May Be Another Option

For those who are suddenly laid off, and worried about canceling summer/fall vacations that are booked, there is a quirk in our vacation laws that may help. Under the ESA vacation pay and time are separate entities, which could allow workers to take their accrued (banked) vacation pay now, and still take their vacation time later, but unpaid. For example, “John” has a 2-week camping vacation booked for the family in August, and does not want to cancel that plan. Under the ESA, John can take the accrued vacation pay now, and leave the August vacation booked. When August gets Continue Reading »