Sherrard Kuzz LLP - Briefing Note: On May 29, 2020, the Government of Ontario introduced a regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) that provides relief to any employer that temporarily laid off a non-union employee or reduced non-union employee wages and/or hours due to COVID-19. The regulation largely exempts any such layoff or reduction from being deemed a termination of employment, so that there is no obligation to provide ESA notice and severance.
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has updated its Guide to dealing with onerous contract conditions for their partner associations.
RSM Building Consultants hosted a webinar on cannabis facility requirements mandated by the Ontario Building Code. To view / listen to the webinar recording
As federal and provincial governments begin to re-open the economy amid COVID-19 recovery, organizations of all industries and sizes are determining their return-to-work strategies and plans. While every organization is different, there are fundamental questions that should be answered as part of your return-to-work plans.
This presentation will provide some insight to help guide organizational leaders in the development of return-to-work programs. The focus – assisting organizations with answering the critical questions of:
Can You? – Answering are you allowed to return to work.
Should You? – Making the decision to return to work.
How Do You? – Operationalizing how to return to work.
Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts (“ODACC”) is responsible for administering construction-related adjudications. Adjudication and prompt payment provisions of the Construction Act came into force on October 1, 2019. Certain disputes can now be referred to adjudication, including:
• the valuation of services or materials;
• payments under a contract;
• notices of non-payment;
• holdbacks; and
• any other matter that the parties to the adjudication agree to.
YouTube link to May 22nd 2020 webinar. Commentary covers the following issues and topics:
- What is adjudication?
- How much does adjudication cost?
- How to commence an adjudication.
- How to select an adjudicator.
- What are the benefits of adjudication?
- How to become an adjudicator.
As government orders are lifted, employers will enter uncharted territory. Sherrard Kuzz LLP has a deep understanding of the pandemic’s impact on businesses and industries, and how to work through the related workplace issues. To help you get started, they have developed the following complimentary Return To Work considerations.
New Programs Focus on Hospitality Workers and APPRENTICES
The CSSBI created this presentation to outline some of the unique qualities of a steel building system in order to demonstrate its benefits to architects, engineers, contractors and building owners.
The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association is proud to present a recorded webinar that provides guidance to working safely on construction projects related to COVID-19. The session is approximately 45 mins and includes workplace roles and responsibilities and best practices. It is available for you to download at no charge and watch at your own pace as preferred.
The webinar will be of interest to company owners, managers, supervisors, health and safety practitioners, Joint Health and Safety Committee members and others who have responsibility for assisting workplace parties keep safe during COVID-19 on Construction projects.
When the first “phase” of the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end, employers may face new and different challenges. Topics include:
Sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario
Review a list of companies that sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to keep your employees and customers safe from Covid-19
The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) recently polled 200 general and trade contractors in the province’s ICI sector on the impact of the coronavirus on their business. Some of the findings were startling.
On May 11, 2020, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing filed Ontario Regulation 209/20, which made amendments to Ontario’s Building Code related to the delivery of building code services, such as reviewing building permit applications and conducting inspections.
The amendment requires that municipal building officials continue to review permit applications and conduct construction inspections by providing that the time periods in the Building Code remain in effect for all construction projects, even when the municipal offices are closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The amendment also establishes that conditional permits can be issued for non-essential construction during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The amendment will remain in effect for as long as municipal building department offices are closed to the public for in-person services due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The impacts to construction projects, litigation, and health and safety vary across provinces and territories. Following is a guideline resource for how each province and territory is managing COVID-19’s impact on the construction industry
To Stay Closed or to Open Up?
As the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, employers need to know their legal rights and obligations as it relates to the Canadian workplace. The following are some of the most pressing Frequently Asked Questions.
Fatality & Critical Injury Year-to-Date Overview – Construction in Ontario
Maestro and Spiria, in collaboration with Oriso, announce a new online questionnaire (Sentinel) to facilitate the validation of construction workers’ health status.
The coronavirus outbreak sweeping the country has made construction projects more unpredictable than ever. To take control in this unpredictable time, construction companies should consider five practical next steps as part of their larger crisis response.
Invitation to complimentary webinar May 8th @ 8:30am
In these unprecedented times, access to current information is crucial to ensuring your safety and making informed business decisions and this is particularly the case in relation to construction, which continues to operate through the COVID-19 pandemic. See the following reference guide to the changed construction landscape that COVID-19 has effected through consideration of six subjects:
The CCA is asking all those in the industry to support the creation of an Emergency COVID-19 Construction Cost Reimbursement Program by sending a letter to your Member of Parliament. It takes only two minutes to make your voice heard.
Effective May 1, 2020, the Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Program Standard, and the Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Provider Standard have been amended to allow for the following changes.
The amended standards now:
• Allow JHSC members to complete Part One training entirely online
• Extend the timeline for JHSC members who complete Part One training to give them 12 months to complete their Part Two training
• Remove the need for JHSC members to apply for extensions or complete Refresher after Part One
The ministry has also made changes to the eLearning Instructional Design Guidelines and the JHSC provider application guidelines. Providers who want to apply to deliver Part One via eLearning should fill out the existing application form and follow the steps in the application guidelines.
These standards replace the existing standards that came into force on March 1, 2016.
Providers and programs that are already CPO-approved will remain approved and training completed before May 1, 2020 will remain valid.
eLearning training is especially valuable now, while we are all forced to make changes to our daily lives and the way we work and learn.