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COVID-19 Return to the Workplace: Employer Preparedness


Find out how to adapt to a new workplace normal during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, many governments and employers are looking towards the future and how to start reopening workplaces and businesses.  Many organizations are grappling with constantly changing guidelines and advice. It can feel overwhelming and confusing trying to ensure that staff and customers stay safe and well during their return to the workplace.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s Employment & Labour team recently published ‘The Employer’s COVID-19 Return to the Workplace Playbook’ to help provide some guidance for employers.  Join us and Sven Poysa and Shaun Parker from Osler as they present a webinar that will further expand on important workplace preparedness guidance as employers across Canada prepare to reopen. Please join us as we discuss important employer considerations, including:

  • Deciding whether and when to reopen a workplace
  • Specific considerations for ensuring a safe and healthy workplace, such as:
    • Physical distancing measures for workplaces
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees – face masks, gloves and eye protection
  • How to handle symptomatic employees
  • Accommodating employee requests not to return; and
  • Looking ahead – adjustments to policies and contracts as a result of COVID-19

There is no cost to participate. Please register in order to attend the live broadcast, which will be made available for viewing on demand afterwards.

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Shaun Parker

Associate, Employment & Labour

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s

Shaun provides advice and representation to employers on a wide range of employment and labour matters, including advocacy and corporate aspects of employment and labour law.  His practice regularly involves employment litigation, employment-compliance, as well as mergers and acquisitions related work.

Shaun has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, the British Columbia Supreme Court, and various administrative tribunals.  Shaun has been lead trial counsel on a number of matters, and has been litigation counsel on numerous injunctions (including breach of restrictive covenants and illegal blockade-related matters) as well as Anton Piller applications.

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Sven Poysa

Partner, Employment & Labour

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s

Sven has significant experience in all areas of employment and labour law. He advises national and international companies on legal and strategic HR issues, including executive employment arrangements, corporate transactions, individual terminations, facility closures, workforce reorganizations, insolvencies and restructurings. In addition, Sven regularly advises a wide range of private and broader public sector clients on labour and employment compliance issues, outsourcings and program and service integrations. Sven has significant experience in collective bargaining matters, including union successorship issues and strategies. He regularly represents clients in judicial and administrative proceedings, with a focus on human rights, rights and interest arbitrations, mediations, workers’ compensation, employment standards, occupational health & safety, collective bargaining and wrongful dismissals. Sven has spoken and written on a wide-range of labour and employment topics, and teaches Legal Inquiry at McMaster University. Prior to joining Osler, Sven clerked at the Quebec Court of Appeal with Justice Joseph Nuss. Sven has been recognized by Chambers Global as an up-and-coming individual who capably manages complex nationwide mandates.

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Find out how to adapt to a new workplace normal during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, many governments and employers are looking towards the future and how to start reopening workplaces and businesses.  Many organizations are grappling with constantly changing guidelines and advice. It can feel overwhelming and confusing trying to ensure that staff and customers stay safe and well during their return to the workplace.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s Employment & Labour team recently published ‘The Employer’s COVID-19 Return to the Workplace Playbook’ to help provide some guidance for employers.  Join us and Sven Poysa and Shaun Parker from Osler as they present a webinar that will further expand on important workplace preparedness guidance as employers across Canada prepare to reopen. Please join us as we discuss important employer considerations, including:

  • Deciding whether and when to reopen a workplace
  • Specific considerations for ensuring a safe and healthy workplace, such as:
    • Physical distancing measures for workplaces
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees – face masks, gloves and eye protection
  • How to handle symptomatic employees
  • Accommodating employee requests not to return; and
  • Looking ahead – adjustments to policies and contracts as a result of COVID-19

There is no cost to participate. Please register in order to attend the live broadcast, which will be made available for viewing on demand afterwards.

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Shaun Parker

Associate, Employment & Labour

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s

Shaun provides advice and representation to employers on a wide range of employment and labour matters, including advocacy and corporate aspects of employment and labour law.  His practice regularly involves employment litigation, employment-compliance, as well as mergers and acquisitions related work.

Shaun has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, the British Columbia Supreme Court, and various administrative tribunals.  Shaun has been lead trial counsel on a number of matters, and has been litigation counsel on numerous injunctions (including breach of restrictive covenants and illegal blockade-related matters) as well as Anton Piller applications.

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Sven Poysa

Partner, Employment & Labour

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s

Sven has significant experience in all areas of employment and labour law. He advises national and international companies on legal and strategic HR issues, including executive employment arrangements, corporate transactions, individual terminations, facility closures, workforce reorganizations, insolvencies and restructurings. In addition, Sven regularly advises a wide range of private and broader public sector clients on labour and employment compliance issues, outsourcings and program and service integrations. Sven has significant experience in collective bargaining matters, including union successorship issues and strategies. He regularly represents clients in judicial and administrative proceedings, with a focus on human rights, rights and interest arbitrations, mediations, workers’ compensation, employment standards, occupational health & safety, collective bargaining and wrongful dismissals. Sven has spoken and written on a wide-range of labour and employment topics, and teaches Legal Inquiry at McMaster University. Prior to joining Osler, Sven clerked at the Quebec Court of Appeal with Justice Joseph Nuss. Sven has been recognized by Chambers Global as an up-and-coming individual who capably manages complex nationwide mandates.