Ontario Government COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidelines

On April 30, 2020 the Government of Ontario announced new guidelines to provide processes for safe business resumptions for agriculture, manufacturing, foodstuffs, restaurant and food services businesses. These guidelines build on measures already set out by the Ontario Government in respect of retail, health care, constructions, and transit services, among others. Although the Government is […]

Applications Open for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) open today. The CERB is part of the Federal response to unprecedented circumstances including business closures and the significant economic impact of COVID-19. The CERB will provide payments of $2,000 for each 4-week period for up to 16 weeks. According to the Government of Canada payments should […]

COVID-19: Options for Employers

Employers across Canada are having to cope with one of the greatest, and most uncertain, crises of our time. The COVID-19 pandemic has required businesses to rapidly adapt to new challenges that were unthinkable even a few short weeks ago. What can businesses experiencing work shortages do to ensure they maintain their workforce and come […]

COVID-19 and Mental Health

Polling by Abacus Data on March 25, 2020 found that 75% of Canadian are following news of the COVID-19 outbreak closely and 69% of Canadians are worried. Employers and employees have also entered an uncertain place, worries about business continuity, worries about making ends meet, concern about the stability of employment and whether there will […]

Canada Announces COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

On March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced unprecedented steps to support Canadian businesses affected by the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. The Prime Minister has announced that Parliament will be convened shortly to pass legislation authorizing parts of the Economic Response Plan requiring legislative action. The plan promises support to employers and their workers finding […]

Protecting your Workplace and Employees: 2019 Novel Coronavirus

With over 17,000 confirmed cases worldwide and 4 confirmed cases in Canada, the recent outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus has sparked concerns of a worldwide pandemic. Although Health Canada has stated that the risk posed by the coronavirus to Canadians is low, they have also advised Canadians against non-essential travel to China and are […]

Bias and the Importance of Third-Party Workplace Investigations

Over the years best practices for workplace investigations have evolved, but decisions on the matter are consistent: bias is a critical factor in assessing the reasonableness of an investigation. What is the best way to avoid the appearance of bias? Engage a third-party investigator.

Termination for Cause: Employee Showing Preference During RFP

Terminations for cause must meet a high threshold to be effective. It is often easier, and sometimes cheaper, to dismiss an employee without cause and pay the accompanying severance rather than alleging cause and defending the allegation in court. In the case of Schultz v. Canada Lands Company CLC Limited, 2019 ONSC 2124, the employer […]