COVID-19 Phase 2 Re-Opening in Hamilton: Do I have to go back to work?

As Hamilton gears up for “Phase 2” of the re-opening this Friday (June 19) and COVID-19 pandemic restrictions loosen, a growing number of businesses are calling their employees back to work. Understandably, there’s a lot of confusion about what this means for employers and employees. If your workplace re-opens do you have to go back …

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CERB Info Sheet

The CERB or Canada Emergency Response Benefit is a special benefit available to workers who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even self-employed people or workers who have seen their income drop to $1,000 or less per month may be eligible for the CERB. Unsurprisingly, this new benefit has changed a bit as …

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Privacy in the Time of COVID: Employee Privacy Rights when Working from Home

Employee privacy during the COVID crisis is a major concern in workplaces across Canada. For the non-essential business, new rules have required the shut-down of the physical work site. These rules have resulted in temporary shutdowns and layoffs for some organizations. In contrast, those less dependent on their physical operations have shifted toward telecommuting and …

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I’m working from home during COVID-19, what are my rights? Hours of Work

The COVID-19 pandemic means that more people are working from home. For many people, this happened suddenly due to health and safety concerns or emergency orders to close all non-essential businesses. As we settle into this new routine (at least for a while), you may be wondering: does working from home affect my rights or …

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Bill 186: New COVID-19 Leaves for Ontario Employees

On 19 March 2020, the Ontario government passed the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020. This new law provides job protected COVID-19 leaves for Ontario employees directly affected by the coronavirus. It also excuses employees affected by COVID-19 from providing sick notes to access these new leaves.  It does not mandate paid sick days …

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Federally Regulated Employees and COVID-19: What Happens To Flight Attendants, Bankers or Cross-Border Truckers If They Get Coronavirus?

Federally regulated employees with COVID-19 may be wondering what their employment law rights are. It’s easy for federally regulated workers to get lost in the mix. The vast majority of employees are provincially regulated – and there’s been a lot of press around provincially regulated Ontario employees’ new rights in light of the coronavirus pandemic. …

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Can I refuse to work because of COVID19? Coronavirus and work refusals in Ontario

Can you refuse to go to work during the coronavirus pandemic? Many Ontario workers are worried that their work or their workday commutes will expose them to coronavirus. Some of these worries are well-placed, while for others it’s (understandable) anxiety more than true risk of exposure to COVID19.NOTE: This post is general information, not legal advice. …

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Can I be fired because of coronavirus? Frequently asked COVID-19 employment law questions

Can I be fired because of coronavirus? Parents looking ahead to 3 weeks of public-school or daycare cancellations may be wondering about their options. Employees who test positive for the coronavirus or have been directed to self-isolate because of their symptoms or travel may be facing 2 weeks or more off work. Even healthy folks …

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Ontario Sick Day Rules Draw Criticism as Coronavirus Fears Grow

The Ontario Employment Standards Act was changed again in 2019. After just a year, our last post on sick days was rendered out-dated by cuts to sick day entitlements for most Ontario workers. In place of 10 days of personal emergency leave (2 of which were paid), workers are now entitled to just 3 unpaid sick days …

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Must Love Dogs: What does Ontario Law say about Guide Dogs, Service Animals and Take Your Pets to Work Policies?

Hamilton’s Mayor Fred Eisenberger made news this week  when he asserted that he would have his dog (Dash) certified as a service animal in the face of a new no-pets rule at Hamilton City Hall. Though Mayor Eisenberger seems to have walked back this claim a little and is entitled to his medical privacy, it begs a …

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