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COVID-19 Legal Resource Page

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on all aspects of our working lives. Employees had many questions about their workplace rights and entitlements, and our blog posts helped provide some answers.

Now, as businesses across Canada are now slowly reopening, employees have new questions about their rights and entitlements. We can help you find the answers as we enter the first phases of returning to the workplace. We’ll be continuing to publish posts on the topics you need to know about as Ontario continues through its phases of reopening.

Please note that these blog posts are for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. Since the law relating to employee rights and benefits is rapidly changing as a result of the pandemic, we will work to keep this information up to date.

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Webinar: Keeping up with COVID-19

In the first of a series of Zoom webinars, Dan Sheppard looked at Keeping Up with COVID-19: An overview of legislative changes and emergency orders affecting workers and unions. Materials available here.

April 9, 2020
Daniel Sheppard Kelly Doctor

Job Loss and COVID-19: Q&A for Federal Workers

Federally-regulated workers across Canada are being impacted by COVID-19, including the thousands of airline workers who have already been laid off. Gabriel Hoogers considers what federally-regulated workers might be asking themselves about their employment rights.

April 8, 2020
Gabriel Hoogers

Personal protective equipment for health care workers in the COVID-19 crisis

One of the most critical health and safety obligations an employer has is to ensure that workers have access to sufficient personal protective equipment. Ryan Newell discusses PPE obligations in the healthcare sector and the principles that should guide employers’ choices.

April 3, 2020
Ryan Newell

Can my employer require me to physically attend work?

You may be working from home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. But there are circumstances where employers may still require employees to physically go to the workplace.

April 2, 2020
Darryl Korell Ryan Newell

When and How Can I Refuse Unsafe Work?

What should you do if you are asked to perform work you believe is unsafe? Kirsten Mercer explains what you need to know about the work refusal process.

March 31, 2020
Kirsten Mercer

Family status and COVID-19: What are your rights as a caregiver?

Kelly Doctor looks at how an employer’s duty to accommodate on the basis of “family status” might assist parents trying to simultaneously work and look after their children during this pandemic.

March 30, 2020
Kelly Doctor