Reopening Your Business: Supporting Your Employees

Making the shift from remote work back to a physical workplace may be a source of anxiety for employees and employers alike. What will the new work environment look like? And how will workers be kept safe from COVID-19?  Part of Canada’s economic recovery involves returning to physical workspaces. Safely opening up will require a…

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Why it matters

Over the past several years, many businesses are actively focusing on improving diversity within the workplace. Research has shown that gender diversity, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity in the workplace, can be extremely beneficial for your business. Not only is it important to have a diverse workplace, it’s also important to ensure that…

Health and Safety For Your At-Home Employees

Your employees might be working from home these days, but just like in the office, maintaining a positive workplace culture is vital. And part of maintaining that culture means promoting the safety of your employees — both physically and mentally.  Here are some ways you can improve the health and safety of your employees while…

Can Employees Refuse to Return to the Workplace? [Ontario]

On April 8, 2021, Ontario enacted a province-wide Emergency Stay-at-Home Order in response to growing COVID-19 case numbers.   This decision has resulted in some businesses being faced with further operational restrictions, closures, or returning their staff to work from home arrangements, where possible, for a period of 28-days.  Understandably, many business owners will be focused…

Vaccination Policy

Mandatory or Voluntary? That is the Question As COVID 19 vaccines are rolled out across Canada, as a business owner, you may be starting to wonder if all of your staff need to be vaccinated and whether you need to create a vaccination policy. Creating a vaccination policy may be part of a business’ return…

Is Your Business Prepared for a Workplace Inspection?

In early November, the Ontario Government mobilized approximately 200 provincial offence and by-law officers in a campaign aimed to educate, enforce, and ensure businesses are complying with COVID-19 Workplace Safety Regulations.  These inspections are not scheduled in advance, and businesses cannot deny the officers access to the workplace premises. MOL officers specifically visited businesses in…

Ontario ESA Amendments Introduce “Infectious Disease Emergency Leave” Protection

On May 29, 2020, and in light of recent events, the Ontario Government amended the Ontario Employment Standards Act (ESA): Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Regulations 228/20. The new rules provide temporary relief for businesses from potentially triggering termination pay or severance to non-union employees who have been temporarily experiencing a reduction in wages or hours…