COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan City, China in late 2019. Initially known as “2019 Novel Coronavirus,” the first case was reported on December 31, 2019, with confirmation and identification occurring on January 7th, 2020. On March 2, 2020, the Ontario government announced that it is implementing enhanced measures to safeguard the public from COVID-19 including a new response structure to ensure health system readiness.
As the instances of COVID-19 increase throughout Canada and the world, employers should become prepared for a wider outbreak. Having the proper plans and policies in place to address COVID-19 in the workplace will not only assist in business continuity but will also protect employees. The following articles will set out some of the key obligations and important issues employers should consider.