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Fail to Plan? Plan to Fail. Pandemic Planning and Response for HR

The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.  Not since H1N1 and SARS before that, have employers faced such a fundamental challenge.  It is not too late to put plans and policies in place to manage the impact on your organization.

This session will discuss:

  • How employment standards, health and safety, human rights and other regulatory requirements apply to a pandemic;
  • Strategies for managing attendance and remote work;
  • “Essential services” and work refusals under occupational health and safety legislation;
  • WSIB’s recently released guideance on COVID-19;
  • Managing the risk of constructive dismissal when implementing alterations to schedules and compensation, as well as implementing temporary layoffs;
  • How to use Work Share and Supplementary Unemployment Benefit Plans to support employees and avoid claims of constructive dismissal; and
  • Practical guidance for creating a pandemic response plan, amending policies as necessary, and communicating effectively with employees.

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