CHHMA and COPA held our second webinar with HR company Peninsula on May 22nd for members which addressed important aspects related to businesses reopening during this period of COVID-19.
Once again, handling the main presentation was Ryan Wozniak, Senior Vice President of Operations & Legal for Peninsula Canada. Prior to joining Peninsula in 2018, Ryan practiced employment law and commercial litigation for 12 years in Toronto. Ryan has acted in a wide variety of commercial and employment-related matters before all levels of court throughout Canada, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and private arbitrators.
During the webinar, Ryan first touched upon the need for companies to update their written policies and procedures for operating in the “new normal” before re-opening and re-calling employees. Then he talked about key issues to consider if you plan to hire new employees when re-opening operations as well as the legalities involved with temporary layoffs in Ontario and the need to develop a plan and actual steps for recalling employees. How do you go about reintroducing more workers to your offices, plant floors and warehouses while maintaining safe and healthy working conditions (what are the OHS considerations you need to have in place?) How do you deal with employees who continue to work remotely from home? – good communication is key. Ryan also addressed the difficult decisions of dismissal instead of recall as well as refusal to return to work possibilities and what is involved in dealing with those situations properly. Finally, Ryan took a number of questions from attendees.
We would like to thank Ryan and Peninsula for taking the time to talk to our members on these important issues as well as remind members that they will be provided with a 1 hour phone call to discuss any issues with Peninsula direct (no cost, no obligation). You can discuss their packages available at that time should you be interested in utilizing their services. Please follow-up with Nicole Gamble at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-282-0022 ext. 225.
Peninsula’s team of expert advisors can help you reclaim your time, by focusing on the areas that pull away business owners’ attention, such as HR, health and safety and employee management. Their services include, but are not limited to:
- Contract & documentation creation/revision
- Unlimited 24-hour HR advice
- Healthy & safety systems
- And so much more!