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ACSESS Webinar - Back to Business - Planning for Return to Work in a COVID-19 World

ACSESS Webinar

Back to Business: Planning for Return to Work in a COVID-19 World

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary


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As the government starts lifting or relaxing certain orders and directives made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, businesses are turning their mind to reopening. In order to ensure a successful and low risk return to work in a COVID-19 world, it is crucial that employers are aware of the unique labour and employment considerations that will impact returning to the workplace, including Employment Standards Act requirements, health and safety obligations, human rights issues, privacy rights and potential litigation risks.


Geared at human resources professionals and in-house counsel, this one and a half hour webinar will provide an overview of an employer’s statutory obligations, along with tips to assist you in creating a successful return to work plan.

Learning Objectives

This webinar will highlight issues that you need to consider in planning for return to work, as well as answer your frequently asked questions including:
  • What safeguards do you need to put in place (e.g. use of PPE, social distancing, physical modifications, )?
  • Can you require the use of masks by your employees? By your customers?
  • Can you use temperature screening on your employees? On your customers?
  • What are your reporting obligations in the event of a positive test to your employees, public health, your customers and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board?
  • What accommodations do you need to make for your employees?
  • Are you required to allow employees to continue to work from home? In what circumstances?
  • How are you protecting your data for those who work from home?
  • How do you recall employees? On what basis?
  • What policies and procedures should you be reviewing and updating?
  • What are some of the litigation risks you may face either as a result of restructuring or in resuming operations?

For members of the Law Society of Ontario, this program contains 1 hour and 30 minutes of Substantive content.


Paul E. Broad
Counsel, Halifax

Lauri A. Reesor
Partner, Toronto

Stephanie J. Kalinowski
Partner, Toronto

Elisha C. Jamieson-Davies
Partner, Toronto

Nadine S. Zacks
Partner, Toronto

Alexandra V. Mayeski
Associate, Toronto

Mariana Kamenetsky
Associate, Toronto