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Employer Webinar: COVID-19 and Your Workplace – Understanding the New Pandemic Employment Laws – June 4,2020
June 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
On the late afternoon of Friday May 29, 2020, the Ontario Government published an unnamed regulation (O. Reg. 228/20) (the “ESA COVID-19 Regulation”). The ESA COVID-19 Regulation brings about substantial retroactive changes to Ontario’s employment laws during the pandemic, including in regards to changes to hours of work, layoffs, and terminations. Perhaps most significantly, retroactive to March 1, 2020, employees who were placed on a temporarily layoff as a result of the pandemic are now automatically on an emergency leave instead. Accordingly, all employees who were nearing the end of the 13 week layoff period will no longer be automatically dismissed.
For our next complimentary weekly webinar on Thursday June 4, 2020, we will address the implications of the ESA COVID-19 Regulation on your workplace. For example, we will discuss:
• what are your new obligations to employees who are currently on layoff;
• what changes to hours of work and pay are now allowed under the Employment Standards Act;
• on what grounds can employees now be dismissed.
As the options, obligations, and impact of COVID-19 on the workplace continue to change, we are ready to strategically support you and your business. For more information or for assistance with HR and employment law issues, please contact our firm.