In response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases, the Ontario government has decided to implement an additional public health measure to help the fight against COVID-19. As of September 26, 2020, all employers, regardless of the sector they belong to, are now required to pre-screen their workers and any essentials visitors prior to their entry into the workplace. “Workers” include students, contractors or volunteers that conduct business or related activities where applicable and appropriate. “Essential visitors” include individuals providing a service in the establishment who are not employees or patrons o f the establishment (e.g., delivery, maintenance, contract workers).
Labor & Employment
Notice to Employers: Economic Recovery Benefits and New Protection for Employees in the Event of Absence Related to COVID-19
By Eliab Taïrou, from our Labour and Employment Law Group
October 2, 2020 — On October 1, 2020, An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19 (Bill C-4 — formerly C-2) was passed by the House of Commons of Canada and now awaits Senate support and Royal Assent before coming into force.
This legislation comes following the expiry of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program and includes three financial support measures to assist workers as part of the country’s economic recovery:
Are employees entitled to paid leave due to COVID-19? See what our lawyers in North America had to say. Read more…
Part 7 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19.
What can jazz teach us about COVID-19? What lessons can we learn from the great masters like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington at this very moment?
As it turns out—a lot.
Are employees entitled to paid leave due to Covid-19? See what our lawyers in Central and South America have to say. Read more…
Outside of the United States, terminating employees can be difficult even in “normal” times. The concept of “at-will” employment is uniquely American, and generally, employers in non-US jurisdictions only may terminate employment for “cause” or for other statutorily permitted reasons. Moreover, terminated employees in many countries are entitled to statutory notice, severance and other benefits, which is far more the exception than the rule for US employees.
The following paper aims to succinctly address the question “Are employees entitled to paid leave due to Covid-19?” in the EMEA region. Read more…
Part 6 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19.
Simple in theory. Challenging in practice.
While we all intuitively know that we should stay home when we are feeling unwell, a fall 2019 survey suggests just the opposite—that approximately 90% of workers generally “push through” and come to work anyway. The reality is that employees come to work when they are sick for a myriad of reasons: to stay atop long to-do lists, meet production goals, because they think the business would crumble without them, or that somehow taking a sick day and staying home might be a sign of weakness. Given the current environment, there is also the very real financial reality and concern of missing a day’s worth of pay, particularly for those in economically vulnerable positions.
Luxembourg’s Teleworking Agreements with Neighboring Countries Remove Tax and Social Security Burdens During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As we have previously highlighted, many countries have introduced creative new approaches to address the economic realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. As employees continue to work from home and employers reconsider whether employees must return to the workplace at all, some jurisdictions are implementing measures to accommodate the needs and interests of both employers and employees in the ever-changing and evolving employment environment. Luxembourg is yet another example of a country that has sought to develop solutions with its neighboring nations to ease the economic burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers.
On September 8, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released updates to its What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws Technical Assistance Questions and Answers (“FAQs”), addressing questions largely focused on return-to-work questions and concerns such as permissible and impermissible inquiries, reasonable accommodation and confidentiality of employee health information.