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Sick with worry: An employer’s guide to managing coronavirus concerns in the workplace

Coronavirus – by now, that’s a term we’ve all heard. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a new and contagious respiratory virus characterized by fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Coronavirus symptoms are common to a lot of viral illnesses, and in many respects, a mild coronavirus infection can look a lot like a bad cold or flu. However, in some cases, coronavirus can lead to significant and life-threatening complications.

 

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Managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) for employers

The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been the dominating news topic of 2020 so far. Canadian health officials maintain that, at this point, the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low in all parts of Canada. However, it is important for employers to be prepared to respond as COVID-19 continues to develop both in Canada and globally.

 

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Surveillance in the workplace

Workplace privacy is an evolving and somewhat muddy area of law. In Ontario, our key employment law statutes, the Employment Standards Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, are silent on the issue of privacy. Yet surveillance is ubiquitous.

 

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Constructive dismissal update: Employee claiming damages for workplace harassment barred from commencing court action

If this case is upheld on appeal, this decision suggests that if an employee quits because of workplace harassment, then the employee will not be able to bring a constructive dismissal in the courts in some cases.

 

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Are you reporting potentially serious incidents?

Alberta employers have long been required to report “serious workplace injuries and incidents” to Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) as soon as possible.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with meal and vehicle rates, employment law changes in Alberta and rules for working in the cold.

 

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Coronavirus and the workplace: what employers can do to prevent an outbreak

The coronavirus has been identified in patients in a growing number of countries, including Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany, France, Japan and China.

 

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What the Coronavirus means for Canadian employers

Over the past several weeks, news of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Coronavirus) has dominated our newsfeeds, which at the time of writing has three confirmed cases in Ontario, two of which are in Toronto. The virus has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) and in order to control the outbreak, China has responded with an aggressive strategy and taken the extraordinary step of confining residents in the city of Wuhan (the epicentre of the outbreak) to their homes.

 

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Negligent misrepresentation claims against employers: A matter for labour arbitrators or civil courts?

Does a unionized employee’s claim of negligent misrepresentation against an employer fall outside of the jurisdiction of a labour arbitrator and within the jurisdiction of the civil courts?

 

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Pandemic planning in the workplace

It is important to ensure that your organization is prepared for potential threats through pandemic planning. In doing so, the protection of your employees is ensured when a potential threat arises. Pandemics are the spreading of a new disease; without proper planning a pandemic can affect multiple employees and increase safety risks.

 

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When can LTD benefits frustrate an employment contract?

The decision of Roskaft v. RONA Inc., 2018 ONSC 2934, sheds some light on when an employer can successfully claim frustration of contract when an employee is in receipt of long-term disability benefits.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with workplace discrimination, payroll and safety blitzes in Ontario.

 

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Managing and addressing workplace developments caused by the spread of Coronavirus

Many employers are starting to ask questions about the legal framework within which they can prepare, manage and address developments and potential issues caused by the spread of the Coronavirus.

 

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Mental health at work: An employer’s duty to inquire

In cases where an employer suspects that an employee suffers from a mental illness that may be affecting their performance at work, the employer has a duty to inquire.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with remote work options, wrongful dismissal and drug and alcohol testing.

 

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