Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Ontario government is ordering at-risk workplaces to close-down, while encouraging businesses to explore opportunities to continue operations through work-from-home and innovative business models. At the same time, the government reminds businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public. Essential businesses include capital markets; insurance; businesses that provide pension services and employee benefits services; and businesses that provide financial services including the payroll division of any employer. Essential businesses are being asked to put into place any and all measures to safeguard the well-being of their employees on the front-lines. Teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses. At-risk workplaces will be ordered to close by 11:59 p.m. today and, where possible, take the necessary measures so staff can work from home allowing operations to continue.
Courtesy of Benefits and Pensions Monitor website News Alerts