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Ontario’s Updated COVID-19 Testing and Isolation Guidelines

Ontario’s Updated COVID-19 Testing and Isolation Guidelines

As of December 31, 2021, the Ontario Government has updated its COVID-19 testing and isolation guidelines. These new guidelines may affect when employees should isolate, when tests should be administered to employees, and are summarized as follows: If an individual has symptoms: Fully vaccinated individuals should isolate for at least five days, and may end isolation […]

COVID-19 Government Benefits

The Government has extended the following COVID-19 Benefits: The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) are extended until May 7, 2022, and the maximum duration of the benefits have increased by 2 weeks. This extends the CRCB from 42 to 44 weeks and the CRSB from 4 to 6 […]

Supporting Employee Mental Health in Times of Uncertainty

Supporting Employee Mental Health in Times of Uncertainty

As employers, proactively supporting employee mental health in the workplace is more important now than ever, as the impact of the pandemic continues to pose new challenges for businesses and employees. Overnight, we saw a need to adapt to a new way of living and working. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), only 32% of Canadian employees feel their organization’s leaders are addressing mental health in the workplace, and this number continues to rise as fears surrounding “what will come next” beyond this pandemic grow.

Is “Work from Home” a Credible Alternative?

Is “Work from Home” a Credible Alternative?

The traditional five-day, 40-hour workweek has long been regarded as the “standard” for operational efficiency and consistency. However, the advancement of technology in the workplace has provided the opportunity for scheduling flexibility and “work from home” options. Consequently, employers must now weigh the merits of a flexible workplace environment. As a Human Resources and Employment Law firm, we work with various employers with mindsets ranging from traditional to progressive as we explore new trends and find creative solutions that fit their workplace. Here is what we are hearing and seeing.

Caution: Toxic Work Environment

Caution: Toxic Work Environment

Nothing is more toxic and contagious than workplace drama. Whether it stems from a tyrannical manager, vindictive co-workers, or overall organizational disarray; workplace drama can be extremely damaging to employee morale and productivity. If ignored, a toxic workplace plagued by drama and disorganization can manifest into a serious problem for both the employee and the employer. Therefore, it is crucial to recognize the warning signs of toxicity before your company culture is permanently infected.

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