June 24, 2020
The Canadian Federal Government has extended some COVID-19 relief packages in an effort to help the economy.
Time periods given to employers to recall employees laid off due to COVID-19 have been extended effective June 22, 2020.
-For employees laid off prior to March 31, 2020, the time period is extended by six months or to December 30, 2020, whichever occurs first.
-For employees laid off between March 31, 2020 and September 30, 2020, the time period is extended until December 30, 2020 unless a later recall date was provided in a written notice at the time of the layoff.
"Without the change announced Tuesday, some of the workers who were issued three-month layoff notices in March or April due to COVID-19 were facing termination as they approached the deadline to be reinstated by their employers.
When a layoff becomes a termination of employment, employees can become eligible for severance and vacation pay, which the government says could become a financial burden employers can’t afford as the pandemic wages on, particularly if their intention is to re-hire staff.
“We know that many employers who have had to temporarily lay off employees intend to bring them back to work. However, there is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding exactly when that will be possible,” Labour Minister Filomena Tassi said in a statement.
The changes, which apply to jobs in the federally-regulated private sector, came into effect on June 22 and will have no impact on any layoffs that occur after September 30." Rachel Aiello, CTV News
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Recalled Hand Sanitizers
Health Canada is advising Canadians that certain hand sanitizers are being recalled from the market because they contain industrial-grade ethanol that has not been authorized for use in hand sanitizers in Canada. As of June 22nd there have been four recalls so far.
Industrial-grade ethanol contains impurities that are not found in the type of ethanol approved for use in manufacturing hand sanitizers, such as technical-grade, food-grade or pharmaceutical-grade ethanol. In addition, chemicals that may not be approved for use in hand sanitizers are added to industrial-grade ethanol.
All of the recalled hand sanitizers contain a contaminant compound called ethyl acetate.
For an up-to-date list of all recalled hand sanitizers go to https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2020/73269a-eng.php
The Canadian Centre For Occupational Health And Safety Creates A Pandemic Information Sharing Portal
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is facilitating a web site to enable businesses to share their pandemic-related good practices and provide some useful tools related to health and safety during the pandemic.
For more information go to https://www.ccohs.ca/outbreaks/
There is also a break down of covid-19 measures by province. https://www.ccohs.ca/outbreaks/topics/#covidTopic