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April 2020

Effectively managing a remote workforce

30 April, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

With the closure of all non-essential workplaces and the current recommendations for physical distancing, remote work has become the only option for many businesses to continue some or all their operations during the pandemic. While remote work arrangements can be very successful, they usually require planning and a clear framework for all parties involved. However, in the circumstances of the pandemic, many employers have had to quickly implement remote work arrangements for the first time, without the benefit of having…

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May 2020

Navigating leaves during the pandemic

7 May, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on Canadian workplaces. For the past two months, many employees have had to stay home to manage the effects of the pandemic on their family and personal circumstances. Leaves specifically designed to address pandemic-related needs have been introduced under both the Ontario Employment Standards Act and the federal Canada Labour Code, and existing leaves have been amended to provide more flexibility to employees. It can be expected that employees…

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Return to Work Considerations

21 May, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

With the release by the Ontario Government of its framework for reopening the province as well as new sector-specific workplace safety guidelines, businesses are now turning their minds to reopening their place of business or restarting their activities. But many are wondering when and how to do so in the context of the current pandemic. How does it affect your rights and obligations as an employer? What steps can you take to prepare your employees’ return to work and ensure…

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June 2020

What Employers Need to Know About Ontario’s New Regulation Addressing the Temporary Layoff and Deemed Termination Dilemma During COVID-19

4 June, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Following the general decline in business for most organizations and the mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses, many employers have had to temporarily layoff some or even all of their workforce. Employers have been growing increasingly concerned about exceeding the looming 13-week threshold that triggers (in many cases) the deemed termination provisions under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) and the associated financial liability. Ontario has introduced a novel approach to address the temporary layoff dilemma by providing temporary relief…

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The Human Rights Side of the Pandemic

18 June, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

The swiftness of the pandemic of COVID-19 has focused our attention on measures to stop the spread and protect workers ands citizens around the world. But it should be remembered that human rights legislation remains at play. While governments and businesses have been called by public health authorities to respond to the pandemic with unprecedented measures, such measures often raised human rights concerns. This is all the more true now that organizations prepare to gradually reopen. Employers need to be…

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October 2020

Fall Update on COVID-19 and the Workplace

15 October, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

As we are all too keenly aware, the only predictable thing about the COVID-19 pandemic has been the uncertainty it has brought to everyday life, including as it relates to the workplace. Employers and employees alike have had to react and adapt quickly in order to continue their operations in the context of this new “normal”. In order to better prepare employers to cope throughout the fall of 2020, J.D. Sharp and Joël Rocque will address and provide practical advice…

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February 2021

Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace

25 February @ 11:00 am - 11:20 am

In Ontario, the phased rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is now underway, with doses expected to be available to all members of the public by the end of 2021. In the absence of a vaccination mandate from public health authorities, however, employers in all sectors – from retail to health care to manufacturing and beyond – are facing the difficult decision of whether or not to require immunization against COVID-19 in their workplace.   Join J.D. Sharp and Larissa Volinets…

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May 2021

Employment Agreements and Workplace Policies in the COVID-19 Era

5 May @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

If the last 14 months have taught us nothing else, it is to expect the unexpected. For employers, the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the likelihood that they will need to be able to change employees’ working conditions on short notice, temporarily lay employees off, or even permanently terminate employees. Do your current employment agreements and workplace policies allow you to take those actions with cost efficiency and minimal risk, or is it time for an update?…

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June 2021

Paid ESA Leave for COVID-19 Absences – Update on Entitlement and the Reimbursement Process

17 June @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

In late April, Bill 284 (the COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021) was passed into law. In particular, the Bill amended the Employment Standards Act so as to provide eligible employees with a new statutory entitlement to paid Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL), as well as to create a new COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit program to reimburse employers for this expenditure. Despite their obvious public health benefit in the context of the ongoing pandemic, these recent changes are subject…

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September 2021

Federal Pay Equity – Preparing for November 1, 2021

16 September @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

On August 31st, 2021, the federal Pay Equity Act and Pay Equity Regulations will come into force. Most federally regulated employers will be required to prepare and post a pay equity plan within three years. By November 1st, 2021, employers will be responsible for posting a notice outlining their obligations under the legislation, including the requirement to form a pay equity committee for the purpose of establishing a pay equity plan, if applicable. On September 16th, join Emond Harnden’s Raquel…

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