Speaking Engagement

Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE): COVID-19 – Strategies for the New Normal

Event Details

May 26, 2020
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Occupational Health & Safety issues:

  • The General Duty Clause: How can employers determine what is a “reasonable precaution” in the circumstances of COVID-19
  • Navigating the choppy waters of work refusals and OH&S reprisal claims
  • Effectively engaging the Joint Health and Safety Committee
  • Considerations for developing effective hazard assessment strategies
  • OH&S Regulator at the Door: Strategies for preparing for regulatory inspections and investigations

Human Rights issues:

  • The disease itself – when do you have to accommodate and why?
  • Working for Home and Returning to Work – how do you manage accommodations for family status.
  • Keeping the workplace respectful upon return – what challenges await us.

Privacy issues:

  • Can an employer conduct health screening such as questionnaires, temperature testing, and contact tracing?
    a. Legal framework
    b. Use of technology
  • Some best practices if an employer is implementing screening measures.

Employment Law issues:

  • Terminations, “lay-offs” and leaves of absence
  • Returning to work – constructive dismissal hazards
  • Employment decisions and new federal support programs
  • Changed workplaces, changed jobs, and the law