Reintegration and the Workplace: Next Steps for Canada’s Employers

May 7, 2020

As Canada’s provinces and territories move into the initial stages of economic reopening, employers are looking for guidance on how to manage the return of workers who have been laid off or who are working offsite. As the country’s jurisdictions have been affected differently by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a range of rules and protocols that businesses operating nationally must contend with. As a starting point, our employment group has prepared a COVID-19 Reintegration FAQ and Reintegration Checklist.

The FAQ covers BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec and covers a number of issues including, among others:

  • Recalling employees from a temporary layoff.
  • Dealing with refusals to return to work.
  • Workplace accommodations, including provision of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Employees with childcare obligations or who are caring for those with COVID-19.
  • Employees who are at risk due to underlying health conditions.
  • Requiring employees to use PPE or to undergo temperature screening.
  • Workers’ compensation and COVID-19.

The checklist is a guide to some of the key considerations relating to employee recall, health and safety, responding to employee concerns and other topics.

We hope that both the FAQ and the checklist will be useful as employers across Canada develop their reintegration plans.

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