Ontario employers take note: in a surprise announcement on September 3, 2020, the provincial government announced that it had extended its freeze of temporary layoff limitations. Regular layoff rules had been set to resume on September 4, 2020. Pursuant to O. Reg. 492/20, this date has now been pushed back to January 2, 2021.
It’s been almost six months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Ontario. During this time the government has introduced a number of new income support programs and new laws. There was no play book for handling this crisis.
In the post-COVID-19 work world, employers must be ready to face the new challenges of what a return to work entails. With daily press conferences and briefings people have a heightened awareness, and in some cases fear, about what the current environment looks like. With that in mind, as stay-at-home orders and restrictions start to lift and more businesses begin to open and resume “regular” operations, it’s important for employers to start putting return-to-work plans and protocols in place.