As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Ontario government has announced the extension of the 3-day COVID-19 paid leave. This extension will currently run until the end of 2021 as new risks and information are being identified in association with the delta variant of COVID-19. Employers are to ensure that they are up to date with extended COVID-19 sick days to provide to their employees.
On August 17, 2021, the Government of Ontario mandated new vaccine requirements for more workplaces to implement COVID-19 vaccine policies and have staff vaccinated.
Changes in workplace structures as a result of COVID-19 are being referred to as “hybrid” workplaces, meaning that the workplace has different physical arrangements, different scheduling and communications, for example. Employers must understand the difficulties for employees adjusting to workplace changes.