COVID-19

Comprehensive Update – What We Know So Far

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the Canadian workforce. There is a lot of new information coming out every day. Our intent with this publication is to provide Ontario employers up to date relevant information regarding their existing and new obligations to employees. We will continue to monitor developments closely and will update this page as the situation evolves. This version was published on June 8, 2020.

Remote Working

On March 23, 2020, the Ontario provincial government ordered all non-essential businesses to close their doors for at least 14 days.  Consequently, a significant proportion of the provincial workforce will be working remotely in the weeks to come. Many employers have also required employees in self-isolation or under medical quarantine to work from home. 

In this resource, we outline the factors employers should consider when establishing a work from home regime and offer practical tips to ensure minimal disruption during this transition.

Changes to Canada Summer Jobs Program
 
On April 8. 2020, the Federal Government announced a subsidy for hiring summer students. 
Changes to Canada Summer Jobs Program
 
On April 8. 2020, the Federal Government announced a subsidy for hiring summer students. 
Ontario Superior Court Grants Injunctive Relief Regarding Public Health Directives and N95 Masks

On April 23, 2020, Justice Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court issued an order requiring four Long Term Care homes (LTCs) to comply with the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario (CMOH) Directives regarding health and safety measures in LTCs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Order requires the LTCs to provide access to N95 masks and to implement administrative controls around isolating and cohorting residents and staff as set out in Directives #3 and #5 issued by the CMOH.

Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Regulation - Deemed Leaves and Layoffs

On May 29, 2020 the Ontario Government published Regulation 228/20 under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) which fundamentally and retroactively alters the treatment of layoffs and reductions in hours that occur during the pandemic by deeming them to be job protected leaves and not layoffs. The regulation also declares reductions in hours and wage reductions during the pandemic not to be a constructive dismissal.  Note that regulation does not change any entitlements for unionized employees.

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