What Employers Need to Know About Ontario’s New Regulation Addressing the Temporary Layoff and Deemed Termination Dilemma During COVID-19

04 Jun @ 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM EST

Following the general decline in business for most organizations and the mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses, many employers have had to temporarily layoff some or even all of their workforce. Employers have been growing increasingly concerned about exceeding the looming 13-week threshold that triggers (in many cases) the deemed termination provisions under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) and the associated financial liability.

Ontario has introduced a novel approach to address the temporary layoff dilemma by providing temporary relief from the ESA’s termination and severance provisions for employers whose operations have been impacted by COVID-19. Generally, changes have been made to the ESA temporary layoff rules by deeming that non-unionized employees are not on layoff where their hours of work have been temporarily reduced or eliminated, or whose wages have been temporarily reduced, for reasons related to COVID-19 during the COVID-19 period. Further, an employee is deemed to be on ESA Infectious Disease Emergency Leave in respect of any time during the COVID-19 period where the employee does not perform their duties because their hours of work have been temporarily reduced or eliminated due to COVID-19.

Join Kecia Podetz and J.D. Sharp as they explain the new Regulation, its benefits and limitations, and how it will affect your workforce, including:

  • Should the Regulation affect your recall strategy when reopening?
  • If the Regulation does not apply to unionized employees, when will they be deemed terminated?
  • How does the Regulation affect the right to terminate under the ESA?
  • Does the new Regulation affect employees’ right to claim constructive dismissal?


  • This event is accredited for 0.75 CPD hours for HRPA members.
  • This event qualifies for 0.75 substantive hours of the CPD requirement of the LSO.
  • To receive your accreditation, you must attend the webinar online, not by telephone.



04 Jun @ 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EST




Emond Harnden





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