When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Ontario, many employers temporarily laid off employees or reduced their compensation because business revenues plummeted. This blog considers the legal implications of these layoffs and reductions in compensation under the Employment Standards Act and at common law.
infectious disease emergency leave
In Taylor v Hanley Hospitality (2021 ONSC 3135) released June 7, 2021, Ferguson J. ruled that Coutinho v Ocular Health Centre (20121 ONSC 3076) was wrongly decided and thus does not have to be followed. The Plaintiff was put on IDEL leave on March 27, 2020, then recalled and returned to work on September 3, 2020.
Employers must be aware of the recent amendments to the Ontario Employment Standard Act with the passing of Bill 284: COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021 on April 29th, 2021. This Bill provides three days of paid leave for employees for reasons relating to COVID-19. Employers must be aware of these new infectious disease emergency leave considerations.