At Devry Smith Frank LLP's Human Resource and Employment Seminar, Employment Lawyer Marty Rabinovitch discussed The Reality of Covid-19 - Advice and Best Practices for Employers.

Marty Rabinovitch heads the employment law group at Devry Smith Frank LLP (DSF). Marty's practice focuses on representing employees with respect to issues which arise in the workplace. He regularly advises employees with respect to employment contracts, discrimination, harassment and workplace violence issues, termination and constructive dismissal, severance package negotiations, human rights issues, workplace bullying and harassment, disability and employment insurance matters. Marty has extensive employment litigation experience. He regularly attends at the Superior Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Labour. He has also represented clients at the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Topics covered during the seminar include:

What is the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

How to prevent infection and transmission of COVID-19

Occupational health and safety concerns

What employers should do to ensure that they are acting in accordance

with OHSA?

How to manage meetings and events

How to manage employees and travelling

What to do if an employee returns from an area with reported COVID-19?

Can I force my employees to wear protective devices?

How to approach sick days?

Leaves available to employees if employee or member of family diagnosed

with COVID-19

What if employees refuse to work during the COVID-19 epidemic, despite the

employer taking reasonable steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the


How can employers reduce personnel costs?

Can an employer implement a fever detection screening system?

What if the workplace must be closed because of COVID-19?

Can employers require employees to use sick or vacation days if an employee is self-isolating?

Can employers require employees to report their COVID-19 diagnosis?

Can employers require employees to report their potential or actual COVID-19


Are employers required to pay an employee if an employee is off work because of

COVID-19 illness or self-isolation?

What if an employee contracts COVID-19 at the workplace or develops

anxiety/stress from fears of contracting COVID-19 at the workplace?

Tips to draft an effective COVID-19 workplace policy

This is a great overview for HR Professionals and employers. Devry Smith Frank LLP has produced a series of videos to assist HR professionals and HR departments. To view other Ontario employment law videos and videos for other practice areas, please visit our media page.

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