Daily COVID-19 Bulletin: June 23, 2020

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Federal Government Extends Time Periods Given To Employers To Recall Employees Laid Off Due To COVID-19

Prior to these changes, employers could temporarily layoff their employees for up to three months if no notice with a recall date was provided or for a period of up to six months if they provided a notice with an expected recall date before the layoff became a termination. The amendments, which are set out in the Canada Labour Standards Regulations, temporarily extend these time periods by up to six months: 

  • For employees laid off prior to March 31, 2020, the time period is extended by six months or to December 30, 2020, whichever occurs first. 
  • For employees laid off between March 31, 2020 and September 30, 2020, the time period is extended until December 30, 2020 unless a later recall date was provided in a written notice at the time of the layoff. 

These changes, which came into effect on June 22, 2020, do not apply to employees who are covered by a collective agreement that contains recall rights. 

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For Your Attention

Commentary: Reliable And Affordable Childcare Key To An Inclusive Recovery

As we move into reopening and on to recovery phases across the country, health and safety concerns remain at the forefront. As employees continue their return to work, either remotely or onsite (or a variety of hybrid models therein) a key to successful work reintegration and economic recovery for parents is the availability of reliable and affordable childcare.

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Lumino Health: Helping Canadians Find Virtual Care

Most Canadians say COVID-19 has hurt their mental or physical health. During the pandemic, many clinics closed to in-person visits. That has made virtual care essential. However, 56% of Canadians say they don’t know where to find virtual care. Lumino Health, an innovation from Sun Life, will change that. Sun Life has committed to building digital resources and forging partnerships for increased access to care. Learn more in our latest blog post from Sun Life.

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The Canadian Centre For Occupational Health And Safety Creates A Pandemic Information Sharing Portal

This website, facilitated by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, is provided to enable businesses to share their pandemic-related good practices and resources that other workplaces may find helpful in developing their own business continuity plans.

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June 25: OECD Webinar On Investment Screening In The Times Of COVID-19 And Beyond

In response to COVID-19, governments are increasingly scrutinizing the risks associated with foreign investment with measures enacted in many countries. This OECD webinar on June 25 will provide an overview for companies of recent developments and what they can expect from investment screening coming out of the pandemic.

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A reminder that the Frequently Asked Question page on CBRN is there to guide you towards concrete answers on a wide variety of questions related to navigating the pandemic.

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Webinar Recording: Physical Return To Work: Practical Realities And Transformative Opportunities, With EY

In these unprecedented times, organizations are faced with a new duality of safely transitioning people back to physical locations while reimagining the future of work and business. We were joined by Darryl Wright, EY People Advisory Associate Partner, Zain Raheel, EY Forensics and Integrity Leader, and Sunny Sehgal, EY Senior Manager, HSE for a webinar moderated by Leah Nord, our Senior Director of Workforce Strategies and Inclusive Growth, to discuss the realities and opportunities of the physical return to work and how this evolving situation is encouraging organizations to reimagine their work environment and workforce model.

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A #TeamCanada Approach

Webinar: Sustainable Finance In A Post-Pandemic World With The University Of Calgary

Prior to COVID-19, green investment was accelerating, but how will the trend change now? On July 7 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET, three expert panellists will debate and discuss the current state and future possibilities of sustainable finance. Panellists include Barbara Zvan (Member of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance and former Chief Risk and Strategy Officer of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan), Arlene Strom (Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, Suncor Energy Inc.), Yrjo Koskinen (Associate Dean Research and Professor of Finance, Haskayne School of Business). The event moderator is Jackie Forrest (Senior Director of Research ARC Energy Research Institute).

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