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Re-opening your workplace, COVID vaccines - key considerations for employers (webinar recordings)

By: Marco Campana
October 22, 2021

A few months ago I shared resources to help answer the question what will your hybrid workplace actually look like?

It's still a big question. Sector leaders have been bringing you together to help think it through. This post includes a few useful webinar recordings that might be helpful for you.

Five Good Ideas about creating a successful hybrid workplace

COVID-19 forced employers and employees to adapt to a virtual workplace. More than one and a half years into the pandemic, many employees don’t want to go back to the old ways of working, and employers are looking to find ways to create a hybrid workplace where their staff can work in the office as well as from home. Neena Gupta, partner, Gowling WLG, presents five good ideas about some of the legal, compliance, and HR issues you need to consider to make your hybrid workplace a true success.

The five good ideas:

  1. Survey your people
  2. Review your physical workspace
  3. Review your employee’s remote workspace
  4. Decide on your vaccination policy
  5. Draft your remote workplace policy

Find even more resources on the Maytree site.

Re-Entry to Work - Key Strategies for Adjusting to Change through COVID and Beyond

Managing the changes and transitions to reopening can be challenging, this 2-hour webinar will take time to consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on you, your work and more broadly, the Settlement and Integration Sector. Discover key strategies for re-entry to work, dealing with change, and orienting to the “new normal” in ways that can be responsive to health and safety, and support the resilience and well-being of front-line staff, managers, leaders and teams.

In this AMSSA webinar, you will:

  • Reflect on the impact of the pandemic on employees and organizations
  • Consider the importance of focusing on a “new normal”
  • Learn the difference between change and transition
  • Explore ways to manage the stress of uncertainty
  • Discover key strategies for resilience to help recover and bounce back after disruptive Change
  • Vision your hopes for the future beyond the pandemic

COVID Vaccinations and Employers liability

Can employers mandate all staff to take the vaccine? If staff get the vaccine, must they disclose it to the employer? Can staff refuse (based on personal or other reasons) if a workplace decides to make it mandatory for all to be vaccinated?

Rights, Potential Liability and Obligations of Employers around the COVID-19 Vaccine - Part 2

From a global shutdown to vaccine procurement, COVID-19 has become the second thing Canadians discuss the most, besides the weather. With hopes of returning to ‘normal’, we are seeing more and more individuals receiving the COVID-19 vaccination with the hopes of less physical distancing. With businesses and services reopening, this has raised more questions and concerns for employers about mandatory or incentivized vaccination, issues of accommodation and differential treatment of employees based on vaccination status.

On Tuesday June 22nd 2021, OCASI hosted a second 2-hour informative webinar focused on the roles & obligations of Executive Directors and senior managers as employers when it comes to: Can employers mandate all staff to take the vaccine? If staff get the vaccine, must they disclose it to the employer? Can staff refuse (based on personal or other reasons) if a workplace decides to make it mandatory for all to be vaccinated?

Employers & Vaccinations

The Ontario government has announced Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. What does this mean for OCASI member agencies as they move to providing in-person services, for their employees, volunteers and clients?

On October 1st 2021 OCASI held a town hall for our members regarding employer responsibilities and COVID-19 vaccinations. We held a discussion of the memberships concerns and had their legal questions answered regarding employer responsibilities and the future of work around COVID-19.

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