Ensuring a safe working environment is more important than ever during unpredictable times, and failure to do so can lead to significant regulatory penalties and financial liabilities for organizations. This 90-minute webinar will explore some of the critical OHS legal requirements employers need to be aware of as job sites and workplaces continue to be disrupted across the country.
11:30 a.m. - Introductory remarks
11:35 a.m. - Opening presentation
OHS best practices for managing a remote and hybrid workforce
This opening presentation will discuss an employer's duty to provide a safe and healthy workspace when implementing work from home and other hybrid arrangements, and what steps they need to take to maintain operational agility as threat conditions change.
Alex Warshick, Lawyer, McInnes Cooper
• Recent case law trends impacting OHS obligations
• Challenges and implications of adopting a formal WFM model
• How to ensure safety compliance with a dispersed workforce
Workplaces are continuing to navigate multiple health and safety challenges within an unpredictable environment. In response, many organizations are now permanently adopting safe workplace practices, such as requiring mandatory vaccines, doing daily health checks and creating new physical layouts to control infectious spread. What are the latest legal developments employers need to be aware to fulfill their OHS duties? How are best practices evolving as new threats emerge?
• Legal updates from the legislature and courts
• Updating safety protocols and compliance guidelines in a changing threat environment
• Operating safely during the pandemic - masking, testing, reporting, etc.
• Dealing with OHS and the public health authorities
• New developments in workers' compensation and COVID-19
• Ritu Mahil, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP (Moderator)
• Shane D. Todd, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
• Jamie Alyce Jurczak, Partner, Taylor McCaffrey LLP
• Alex Warshick, Lawyer, McInnes Cooper
• Éric Thibaudeau, Partner, Lavery de Billy LLP
12:50 p.m. - Questions and answers
1:00 p.m. - Final comments and takeaways
This program has been approved for the following CPD hours:
1.5 hours by the Law Society of British Columbia, Law Society of Saskatchewan & CPHR Alberta and 1.15 hours by HRPA.
The program also qualifies for 1.5 substantive CPD hours with the Law Society of Ontario.
Ritu is a member of our Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group. She is a former Vice Chair of the BC Labour Relations Board. As an experienced adjudicator, Ritu offers our clients a unique perspective on labour and employment law matters. ...
Shane worked as a human resources professional before becoming a lawyer. He knows how workplace issues or changes can impact an organization. With this in mind, Shane works to find the most efficient way to resolve issues, or to support employers...
Experienced in all facets of management-side labour and employment law, and an experienced civil litigator, Jamie’s practice has a special focus on occupational health and safety (OHS) matters. She’s proud to know that her work has helped create...
Alex’s practice encompasses labour and employment law and general litigation. He has appeared on behalf of clients before all levels of Court in Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Labour Board, and in arbitrations and mediations. Alex has experience...
Éric Thibaudeau is a partner and a member of the Labour and Employment Group. He has special expertise in the area of occupational health and safety, regarding issues within the jurisdiction of the Administrative Labour Tribunal (ALT) as well as...