Ontario has begun the first stage of restarting its economy after the now months-long shutdown due to COVID-19. As the economy restart grows in momentum, employees will be returning to work in larger and larger numbers. As such, the people of Ontario need to start thinking more seriously about workplace safety specifically related to COVID-19. Thus, although the regulatory framework surrounding unsafe work refusals are not new in the eyes of the law, their application has now become a serious matter of immediate concern for many.
In recent weeks the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic caused numerous employers to take swift action in the layoff or dismissal of many of their employees. Businesses have experienced a major downturn in operations and cuts in staff followed as an inevitable outcome of the foregoing.
With the COVID-19 and Coronavirus developments we have been getting a lot of telephone calls regarding a person’s eligibility for CERB or EI. Below is a brief outline setting out the eligibility requirements.
A common question that arises these days is whether the employer has to, legally speaking, permit its employees to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The answer is a qualified “no.”