Coronavirus Update: What Employers Need to Know Right Now

Daily news coverage has put the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Coronavirus) in the spotlight. Just this morning Ontario health officials announced that another “presumptive” case of the new Coronavirus has been discovered in Toronto, which, if confirmed, would make it the second instance of the illness in Canada. Both cases are still currently presumptive and there have not yet been any confirmed cases of the virus in Canada…

Coronavirus: Questions and Answers for Employers

As we learn more about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-vCoV or Coronavirus), employers will no doubt be contemplating the potential implications of this virus on their workplaces. We have set out below some of the emerging questions that employers may have right now and our answers and guidelines for how to address these issues.

Effective Pandemic Planning

Employers have a general obligation under health and safety law to take all reasonable precautions in the circumstances to protect their workers. What does this entail, however, in a pandemic situation, such as the one currently facing employers? In our May 1, 2009 FTR Now – “Employer Bulletin: Influenza A(H1N1)” – we discussed some of…

Employer Bulletin: Influenza A(H1N1)

You are all undoubtedly aware of the potential Influenza A(H1N1) (or “H1N1 virus”) pandemic that is currently underway.[1] While it is unknown at present just how serious or widespread this situation will become, employees are already expressing concerns, and it is important for employers to monitor the situation and to be prepared to respond as…