What constitutes condonation of layoff? A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision found that silence on the employee’s part may not be enough. More inside.
The Ontario Government has amended regulation in order to extend employee entitlements to paid sick days due to COVID-19. The new amendments extend this entitlement to March 31, 2023.
The job market has changed significantly through the pandemic. What are employees looking for at their workplace? For many, it isn’t just about compensation, it’s also about challenge, stimulation, and recognition. We lay out some tips on how to retain your top talent.
In Ontario, certain organizations are under a provincial government mandate to adopt COVID-19 vaccinations, and others have chosen to do so voluntarily. But, many still are left wondering if they should. Before deciding, answer this question: Is it a reasonable policy?
Here are four upcoming and recent legal requirements for Ontario Employers, including reimbursing employees taking sick leave due to COVID-19 and minimum wage increases.
Long COVID is the term used for individuals that are experiencing lasting effects from COVID-19. It includes a range of new or ongoing symptoms and effects that can last for a long period following the initial infection. Individuals who experience this may be considered to have a disability.
There has been a shortage of Canadian workers that has only been exasperated by COVID-19. With borders starting to reopen, here are five points to keep in mind when planning to hire outside of Canada.
As organizations begin to plan for employees returning to the office, they should look at their employee location strategy and consider implementing hybrid workplaces. 94 percent of 800 employers surveyed by Mercer (an HR and workplace benefits consulting firm) said that productivity was the same as or higher than it was before the pandemic, even with employees working remotely. Creating a hybrid workforce enables a flexible workforce which increases engagement may be an attractive recruitment marketing tool.
Employees laid off during the COVID-19 period are deemed to be on infectious disease emergency leave and are not actually laid off – or so says an Ontario regulation. However, the Ontario Superior Court has come up both heads and tails on the issue. Hansard records indicate that MPPs believe the regulation is stymying terminations and keeping businesses afloat. Who’s right? It may be too soon to tell.
Employers spend a vast amount of time ensuring all items are in place on their COVID-19 checklist. COVID-19 has also been a tremendous adjustment for employees that are working from home and for employers needing to implement a work from home policy while balancing skepticism about whether productivity is sufficient. Take some time to make your employees feel appreciated, it will go a long way to help build a harmonious workplace and reduce mental stress.