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COVID-19 Labour Law Q&A with Miller Thomson LLP

April 15, 2020 Leah NacuaBrampton, Durham, GTA, Mississauga, Vaughan 755 Views

It’s been just over a month since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic.  Businesses across the country have been impacted. Many manufacturers have been trying to navigate around the legal consequences of operating as an “essential workplace” while dealing with changes in government legislation during these unprecedented times.

To help navigate these issues, we had a presentation from Damien Buntsma, of Miller Thomson LLP, to cover the critical and frequently asked questions that have emerged from the COVID-19 situation.  Key questions that were answered include:

  • How does Bill 186 impact the employee’s entitlements to emergency leave, under the Employment Standards Act?
  • Can an employer impose quarantine and/or direct an employee not to report to work out of concern they may be contagious and/or vulnerable?
  • How should the company deal with work refusal and/or workplace disputes during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how does this affect employees’ employment status or entitlements to job protection and/or Employment Insurance benefits? 
  • What are the alternatives to temporary layoffs?
  • If the work week is shortened and all employees agree as a group, what is required in terms of providing notice to the employees? 

If you would like a copy of the presentation, please send me an  email lnacua@emccanada.org and I’d be happy to share it.