Safety precautions taken in response to COVID-19 have resulted in remote working arrangements becoming more commonplace. Many employers expect a large proportion of their workforce to continue working remotely even after the pandemic has subsided.
Our national team of employment and privacy lawyers will be discussing important considerations and best practices for effectively managing remote working arrangements, including:
- Health and safety obligations with respect to remote work
- Does provincial occupational health and safety legislation apply to employees working remotely?
- If an employee is injured while working remotely, can they file a workers' compensation claim?
- Do your violence and harassment policies still apply?
- Confidentiality concerns and security of intellectual property
- How can employers protect their confidential information?
- How to address videoconferencing risks?
- Successfully managing employee performance remotely
- What issues might affect employees' performance while working remotely?
- How should employers clearly set out expectations while working from home?
- Lessons learned from COVID-19
- Can employees successfully work from home?
- What measures can employers implement to keep employees feeling connected?
- LSBC Ethics (0.3), LSO Professionalism (0.3)
David Spratley, Partner, Vancouver
David Spratley advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property (IP), information technology (IT), privacy, e-commerce issues and related issues.
Carly Meredith, Associate, Montréal
Carly Meredith practises in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation.
Carly represents employers in a wide-range of employment and labour disputes, including matters of wrongful dismissal, prohibited practice and Charter of Human Rights complaints. She has appeared before various Quebec Courts and tribunals, among them the Quebec Court of Appeal. Carly routinely assists clients with the hiring, progressive discipline and termination of employees, as well as with the drafting and implementation of employment contracts and policies.
Brooke Stewart, Associate, Toronto
Brooke Stewart maintains a general management-side practice in employment and labour law.
Brooke regularly represents employers in employment-related litigation matters, including employment standards compliance, terminations, allegations of human rights discrimination and accommodation in the workplace. Brooke also routinely provides advice to employers on a broad array of employment and labour law issues, including hiring and compensation, employment and contractor agreements, workplace policies and procedures, workplace investigations, union organizing and employment law aspects of corporate transactions.
Jonathon Ward, Associate, Calgary
Jonathon Ward practices in all areas of labour and employment law, including occupational health and safety, privacy, drafting policies and agreements, independent contractor vs. employee classifications, restrictive covenants, performance management, discipline, human rights claims, terminations, and all aspects of employment and labour-related litigation.
Jonathon has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta as well as represented clients before administrative tribunals, arbitration hearings, mediation and settlement negotiations. He also assist clients with drafting policies and agreements, and compliance/regulatory matters including concerning occupational health and safety, employment standards and privacy legislation.