Employment Issues and Strategies

Employment Issues and Strategies


  COVID-19 Support for Businesses A wide-range of support is available to businesses in British Columbia affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including: Credit and financing options, Rent support, Wage support, Changes to taxes, and Monthly expenses.   Government of BCJune 15, 2020 
 WorkSafeBC issues guidance for restarting work sites Employers are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This plan should follows the six steps outlined at the WorkSafeBC website below. Employers must involve frontline workers, joint health and safety committees, and supervisors in identifying protocols for their workplace.  WorkSafeBC May 25, 2020
  Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) update 

 As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.

 Government of Canada  April 22, 2020
   BC Government Announces Important Changes to the Employment Standards Act in Response to COVID-19  The Government of BC announced important changes to the Employment Standards Act in response to the COVID-19 emergency.  McMillan LLP April 07, 2020 
  Distributed Teams: Guidance for Success   Colliers has released a new document intended to help organizations whose employees have suddenly been required to work from home full-time in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In most organizations, there will be many employees who have worked from home previously, either full-time or on a casual/as-need basis, but for the majority, this is a new situation that presents unique challenges and opportunities. Colliers International  April 03, 2020
Employment and Social Development Canada

Learn about the roles and responsibilities of employer and employees, the Hazard Prevention program and reporting requirements.

Government of Canada   March 31, 2020
  10 Considerations when approaching Lease Renegotiation & Rent Reduction   

CRE account professionals encourage tenants to consider the following in preparation for lease renegotiations and rent relief requests.

 Cushman & Wakerfield  March 31, 2020
Preventing COVID-19 in the workplace: Employers, employees and essential workers

Learn the policies Employers must establish to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and make sure these are communicated and understood by employees.

Government of Canada    March 31, 2020
 Coronarivus Guidance fror Property Management

The NAA is offering general, precautionary guidance from officials, and also adding some common-sense guidelines for the industry in the interest of promoting caution and safety.

National Apartment Association (NAA)   March 31, 2020 
 Guidance to construction sites operating during COVID-19

Best Practices to slow the transmission of COVID-19 in construction sites, developed by the B.C. government.

B.C. Government   March 30, 2020
Handling Absences & Other Disruptions 

 Find out what you must do if employees fall ill, are absent from work or your business is unexpectedly disrupted. 

 B.C. Government  March 27, 2020
 What employers should do

If you are an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure a healthy and safe workplace. Here are some steps to take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 Work Safe BC  March 26, 2020 
 Guidance to Construction Sites operating during COVID-19

Precautions employers must take to minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission and illness to themselves and their employees.

Government of British Columbia   March 22, 2020
  COVID-19 Resources by Industry Type 

A shared google sheet from the BCEDA outlining resources for the Construction and and Real Estate Industries, among others. 

BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA)   March 16, 2020
   Pandemic Preparedness for Business

An Action Plan developed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for Businesses to manage the escalation of the outbreak.

 Canadian Chamber of Commerce for Businesses March 16, 2020 


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