As Ontario struggles with the Omicron variant of COVID-19, employers must ensure their workplace policies are updated to reflect the changing nature of the pandemic. Policies enacted in 2020, or even just a few months ago, may no longer reflect current public health guidance. As such, in this article, we look at three recent pandemic-related developments and assess how they will impact Ontario employers.
mandatory masks and face coverings
There is much to consider as we head into a new normal. To begin to reopen now and to return employees to the workplace will take careful planning and appropriate workplace policies and procedures.
Whereas mask usage was once merely recommended, all levels of government have gradually introduced new laws requiring mandatory mask wearing in a variety of settings. As may have been expected, there has been push-back against mandatory mask laws.