Workplaces and Employers

Contact(s)

Last updated: March 31, 2020. Please check back for updates.

There are many opportunities to prepare for and respond to the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Employers are encouraged to review:

The Health Unit recommends that employers speak to employees about their options for sick days and when possible to work from home if they are feeling unwell.  

Employees who have travelled internationally within 14 days will be advised by the Health Unit not to attend work and to self-isolate during this 14 day period.  

On March 13 2020, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released a policy statement on the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement reads " that negative treatment of employees who have, or are perceived to have, COVID-19, for reasons unrelated to public health and safety, is discriminatory and prohibited under the Code. Employers have a duty to accommodate employees in relation to COVID-19, unless it would amount to undue hardship based on cost, or health and safety."
Workers who believe that they are being discriminated against can contact their union, human resources department and/or the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre at 1-866-625-5179.

There are no additional precautions employers need to take if an employee is returning from international travel.

Schools and Childcare

Effective March 28, the province of Ontario has prohibited organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, including parades, events and communal services within places of worship. The Order does not apply to:

  • private households with five people or more
  • operating child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people
  • funerals – they are permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.

Ontario has closed all publicly funded schools for the two weeks following March Break. The province has also closed private schools and licensed childcare centres until March 31, 2020 at which time they will reassess to determine the need for an extension or to end the closures. There is, however, an exception for operating childcare centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people

North Bay

345 Oak Street West
705-474-1400

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302
705-746-5801

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)
1-800-563-2808