Occupational health and safety legislation across Canada require employers to provide employees with information on workplace hazards and risks. Normally this means information related to job-specific hazards and training, but in certain circumstances, it could also include information related to the risk of communicable diseases – like COVID-19. Therefore, employers have an obligation to inform employees and keep them updated about COVID-19 including the risks, symptoms and tips to avoid being exposed, contracting and spreading it, based on information provided by your federal, provincial or territorial governments and Public Health Canada. Since COVID-19 is a rapidly moving target, delegate someone to stay on top of government and public health advisories and inform the joint health and safety committee or health and safety representative and management.
Note: This page provided by First Reference is for employers needing more information on the impact, rules and best practices for addressing the global novel coronavirus pandemic also known as COVID-19. (Last updated July 20, 2020, at 11:55 p.m.). The first batch of questions discusses the broad issues related to COVID-19 and government responses. The second batch of questions are frequently asked questions by employers needing more information on the impact COVID-19 has on the application of their workplace practices and policies for addressing the global coronavirus pandemic.
The circumstances and potential consequences for employers in connection with COVID-19 continue to evolve each day. We recognize that change resulting from COVID-19 is happening in real-time. We will keep you up-to-date with measures put in place by Canadian governments to help with these issues as they are implemented as soon as we can and details are available, by updating this page. Also, when making hard decisions to protect your employees, customers and your business, we strongly recommend seeking the advice of a lawyer to avoid any liability.