Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Resources

The coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation, impacting organizations across North America and the world. This page is your guide to the latest government and workplace resources so you can help navigate your organization through this time of uncertainty.

​International Foundation Resources

 


COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers: Getting Started [CDC]

Littler COVID-19Vaccine Employer Survey Report — Delta Variant Update [Littler]

Employers Offer Incentives for Employees to Get Vaccinated [HR Daily Advisor] 

EEOC issues new guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace [Thompson Coburn]

May Employers Use Health Plan Claims Records to Determine Whether Employees Have Received COVID-19 Vaccinations? [Thomson Reuters]

Employers Give It A “Shot” – How the Covid-19 Vaccine May Impact the Workplace: Part 2: Can You Offer Employees Incentives for Vaccination? [Miles & Stockbridge]

Employers Are Legally Permitted To Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations, But Should They? [JD Supra]

Let Your Employees Get the Jab (COVID-19 Vaccination) — You May Get a Tax Credit [Bradley]

COVID-19 Vaccination: Setting Up On-Site Programs [Jackson Lewis]

6 Tips for Motivating Your Employees to Get the COVID -19 Vaccine [Aon]

Employers Take on the Vaccination Challenge: New Survey Results [Mercer]

How 5 employers are incentivizing the coronavirus vaccine [HR Dive]

Littler COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Survey Report [Littler] 

Evolving COVID-19 Vaccine, PBMs and Employer Costs (Hays Companies]

Vaccine Coverage, Pricing, and Reimbursement in the U.S. [Kaiser Family Foundation]

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination: Is It Legal and Is It Right for Your Workplace? [Ogletree Deakins] 

Want to Know if Your Employees Received the COVID-19 Vaccine? Some Best Practices to Consider [JacksonLewis]

Government Resources 

FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 50, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Implementation [CMS]

Coronavirus Tax Relief [IRS]

Coronavirus-related relief for retirement plans and IRAs questions and answers [IRS]

Additional Relief for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Under Section 125 Cafeteria Plans Notice 2021-15 [IRS]

Tax Credits for Paid Leave Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for Leave After March 31, 2021 [IRS]

Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines [CDC]

COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard [OSHA]

What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws [EEOC]

HHS Launches New Reimbursement Program for COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Fees not Covered by Insurance [HHS News Release]
Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace [OSHA] 
COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Requirements for Private Health Plans [CMS Fact Sheet]
Due date postponed to January 15, 2021 for reporting and payment of excise taxes relating to minimum required contributions [IRS Announcement 2020-17]
Health Plans: Guidance on HIPAA and Contacting Former COVID-19 Patients About Plasma Donation [HHS Office for Civil Rights]
HIPAA and COVID-19 [HHS Office for Civil Rights]
Special Funding and Benefit Limitation Rules for Single-Employer DB Plans Under the CARES Act [IRS Notice 2020-61]
Guidance on Waiver of 2020 Required Minimum Distributions Under the CARES Act [IRS Notice 2020-51]
Coronavirus-Related Distributions and Loans from Retirement Plans Under the CARES Act [IRS Notice 2020-50]

CARES Act FAQs for Single-Employer Plan Sponsors [PBGC]

Extended Due Date for Inclusion of Prior Year Contributions [PBGC Technical Update 20-2]

Guidance on Returning to Work [OSHA]

COVID-19 FAQs [OSHA]

Mid-Year Reductions or Suspensions of Contributions to Safe Harbor Plans [IRS Notice 2020-52]

Temporary Relief from the Physical Presence Requirement for Spousal Consents Under Qualified Retirement Plans [IRS Notice 2020-42]

Administrative Relief: Deadlines Applicable to Employment Taxes, Employee Benefits, and Exempt Organizations Affected by Pandemic [IRS Notice 2020-35]

Employer Leave-Based Donation Programs to Aid Victims of the COVID-19 [IRS Notice 2020-46]

COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings [CDC]

COVID-19 Guidance on Section 125 Plan Mid-Year Changes and High Deductible Health Plans [IRS Notice 2020-29]

Guidance and Relief for Employee Benefit Plans Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak [EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01]

COVID-19 FAQs for Participants and Beneficiaries: ERISA Rights & Responsibilities [DOL]

FAQs on Essential Health Benefit Coverage and the Coronavirus [CMS]

Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus [OSHA]

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 [OSHA]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) [CDC]


What We Know So Far About Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (MA EPSL) [One Digital]

Paid leave rights once again front and center as COVID variants spike [McDonald Hopkins]

Pittsburgh Expands COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave [JacksonLewis]

Payroll Tax Credit for COVID-19 Sick and Family Leave [Congressional Research Report] 

Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Temporary Rule [DOL] (revised for health care providers)

Reporting Qualified Sick Leave Wages and Qualified Family Leave WagesPaid on Form W-2 [IRS Notice 2020-54]

Determining Your FFCRA Eligibility Tool [DOL]

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Questions and Answers [DOL]

FFCRA Leave & Summer Program Closures [DOL FAB 2020-4]

COVID-19 and the American Workplace [DOL]

FFCRA Presentation Slides and Webinar [DOL]

Employer Expanded Family and Medical Leave Requirements [DOL]

FFCRA Notice FAQs [DOL]

 

 

Vaccine Resources

Federal Government Announces Suspension of Vaccine Mandates for Some Federally Regulated Workplaces: What Does This Mean for Your Business? [CCPartners]

The Federal Government Suspends its Mandatory Vaccination Requirements [McMillan]

Legal decisions on mandatory coronavirus vaccination policies favouring employers [Benefits Canada]

What happened to the Federal Government’s vaccine mandate for all federally regulated workplaces? [McCarthy Tetrault]

Boosting Your Vaccination Policy: Booster Best Practices for Employers [MLT Aikins]

How should requests for vaccine exemptions be handled? [Human Resources Director]

Updated Guidance on How Employers Should Fill Out Records of Employment During COVID-19 Pandemic [Littler]

Mandatory vaccinations in the workplace: Considerations for employers [Miller Thomson]

Benefit Premium Surcharges for Unvaccinated Employees – When the Carrot Isn’t Enough [Fasken]

Top 10 Considerations for Employer in Implementing a Vaccination Policy [Gowling]

Mandatory Vaccination and Your Workplace [Torkin Manes]

How to encourage vaccine hesitant employees to get the shot [Benefits Canada]

Provincial Paid Vaccination Leave

Provincial Vaccine Mandates

Numerous Provinces Announce the End of Provincial Vaccine Mandates, What Does This Mean for the Future? [McCarthy Tetrault]

Federal Government Resources

Backgrounder: Government of Canada suspends mandatory vaccination for federal employees [Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat]

Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit [Canada Revenue Agency]

Government Temporarily Expands Access to Lockdown Program and Worker Lockdown Benefit [Department of Finance]

Legislation to create jobs and implement targeted COVID-19 support receives Royal Assent [Department of Finance]

Government introduces legislation to create jobs and implement targeted COVID-19 support [Department of Finance]

Targeting COVID-19 Support Measures [Department of Finance]

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit [Department of Finance]

Government announces targeted COVID-19 support measures to create jobs and growth [Department of Finance]

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers [Transport Canada]

Government extends COVID-19 benefits and business supports to support stronger economic recovery [Department of Finance]

Government of Canada Announces Details of the New Canada Recovery Hiring Program and Extension of Business Support Programs [Department of Finance]

Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations: SOR/2021-36 [Government of Canada]

Government Announces Wage and Rent Subsidy Amounts to Remain Unchanged Through to June [Department of Finance]

Backgrounder: Employer-provided benefits and allowances: CRA and COVID-19 [Canada Revenue Agency]

COVID-19 Health and Safety Resources [Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety]

Backgrounder: The COVID-19 Response Measures Act [Government of Canada]

Safe Restart Agreement [Government of Canada]

CRA and COVID-19: Information for Employers [Canada Revenue Agency]

Supporting Canadians Through the Next Phase of the Economy Re-opening: Increased Access to EI and Recovery Benefits [Employment and Social Development Canada]

Government Introduces Draft Regulations Providing Relief for Registered Pension Plans [Department of Finance]

COVID-19 Measures – FAQs for Federally Regulated Private Pension Plans [OSFI]

Questions and Answers on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit [Government of Canada]

Backgrounder: Support to Canadians and businesses affected by COVID-19 [Government of Canada]

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) [Government of Canada]

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan [Government of Canada]

OSFI Actions to Address Issues Stemming from COVID-19 [OSFI]

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) [Health Canada]

COVID-19 Spring 2020 Notices [Employment and Social Development Canada]

Provincial Government Resources 

Saskatchewan   

Phase 2 of Vaccine Delivery Plan Launches, Special Vaccination Leave Introduced [Government of Saskatchewan]

Ensuring Job Protection for Employees Accessing Benefits Under the Federal Recovery Program [Government of Saskatchewan] 

Quebec

COVID-19 vaccination passport [Government of Quebec]

Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation [Government of Québec]

Draft Regulation: Measures related to supplemental pension plans to reduce the consequences of the public health emergency declared on 13 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic [Government of Québec]

Ontario

Infectious disease emergency leave [Government of Ontario]

Ontario Makes COVID-19 Vaccination Policies Mandatory for High-Risk Settings [Government of Ontario]

Ontario Building On Supports for Employers During COVID-19 [Government of Ontario]

Ontario Launches Workplace Education and Enforcement Campaigns [Government of Ontario]

Temporary Relief Measures Help Support Stability and Sustainabilty of Ontario’s Employers [FSRA Ontario]

Ontario Extends Support for Employers and Employees Impacted by COVID-19 [Government of Ontario]

Develop your COVID-19 workplace safety plan [Government of Ontario]

Nova Scotia

Support for Nova Scotians, businesses and health care [Government of Nova Scotia]

Manitoba

Healthy Hire Manitoba Program [Government of Manitoba]

Manitoba Government Introduces Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments [Government of Manitoba]

Special Payments Moratorium Regulation [Government of Manitoba]

Back to Work in Manitoba Wage Subsidy Program [Government of Manitoba]

British Columbia

A human rights approach to proof of vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic [British Columbia's Office of the Human Rights Commissioner]

Taking unexpected time off [Government of British Columbia]

Alberta

Providing paid COVID-19 vaccination leave [Government of Alberta]

EPPA Update 20-04 - Additional COVID-19 Relief Measures [Alberta Superintendent of Pensions]

EPPA Update 20-03 - Additional COVID-19 Relief [Alberta Superintendent of Pensions]

EPPA Update 20-01: COVID-19 Relief Measures [Alberta Superintendent of Pensions]

Provincial Health Websites

AlbertaBritish Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Québec, Saskatchewan, Yukon

 

 

           


Can we provide a cash or other incentives to encourage employees to be vaccinated? [Fisher Phillips]

Covid Likely To Drive Up Health Care Costs For Insurers, Analyst Says [Insurance News Net.com]

COVID-19 Relief for Health Plans: How Long Does it Last? [Mercer]

Supporting COVID-19 Long Haulers [Aon]

Managing Health & Welfare Plans During Restructuring [Proskauer]

When Can Employers Terminate COBRA Coverage During the COVID-19 Outbreak Period [Miller Johnson]

COVID-19 and Private Health Insurance Coverage: FAQs [Congressional Research Service]

Employer health plans have to meet new COVID-19 coverage mandate [Mercer]


Retirement Plans












Leave Donation Programs for COVID-19 [Groom]


COBRA Subsidy


COBRA Premium Subsidy [DOL]

OSHA ETS Checklist [Seyfarth]

5-Step Plan for Employers as CDC Reduces COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Periods [Fisher Phillips]

COVID-19: Considerations for Employers Navigating the Path Forward [Gibbons Law]

What to Do if You Detect an Employee Has a Fake Vaccine Card [Workest by Zenefits]


Global/Multinational

Cybersecurity in the Remote Workplace in International Workplaces During the COVID-19 Pandemic [Ogletree Deakins]

Despite pandemic, 3 in 10 multinationals expect to increase international assignments, Willis Towers Watson survey finds [WTW]

Return to Work

What to do if a worker refuses to come back to the office [Human Resources Director]

What are the legal considerations for employers returning to onsite working? [Benefits Canada]

Return to the office: Struggling with employees unwilling or unable to return [Siskinds]

Employers should walk, not run back to onsite working: experts [Benefits Canada]

How are employers managing the return-to-work phase? [Human Resources Director]

Back to the Office: Legal Considerations for Employers [Field Law]

How employers are navigating return-to-office plans [Benefits Canada]

Employees want flexible working, better benefits to return to workplace: survey [Benefits Canada]

How to handle the end of temporary layoffs [Canadian HR Reporter]

Omicron: How to return to work safely [Human Resources Director]

Tips for Returning Employees to the Workplace [MLT Aikins]

Back to the office: employers', employees' rights and responsibilities [BIV]

Employers grappling with unvaccinated employees upon return to office [Benefits Canada]

Return to the Workplace: A psychological toolkit for heading back to work [Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario]

Remote Work

What to know when your staff works in another jurisdiction [CPA Canada]

4 key areas your remote work policy should cover [4 key areas your remote work policy should cover]

Legal Considerations for Employers Hiring Remote Workers in Other Provinces [L&E Global]

The future of remote work: Important employer considerations [Siskinds]

Thinking About a Permanent Move to Working at Home? What Employers Need to Know [Cassels]

Cyber Security for Working Remotely [Crown MacKay]

Remote Work From Other Jurisdictions: What Employers Need To Know [MLT Aikins]

Workplace Resources

No more mask mandates – what now? Human Resources Director, July 13, 2022

With mandates ending, can employers still ask employees to continue wearing masks at work? [Global News]

What Does the End of Provincial Covid-19 Safety Measures Mean for Workplace Policies? [LexBlog]

CRA provides details on deducting work-from-home expenses for 2021, 2022 [Investment Executive]

What’s an employer to do when Infectious Disease Emergency Leave ends? [Siskinds]

Antigen rapid testing guidelines for employer-initiated testing [Osler]

5 key questions on mask-wearing policies [Canadian HR Reporter]

Retirement Plans

A look at the pandemic’s impact on pension plans in Canada’s travel, transportation sectors [Benefits Canada]

Pension solvency measures helping plan sponsors through pandemic and beyond [Benefits Canada]

Pension plan committees applying virtual meeting lessons to second year of pandemic [Benefits Canada]

In Search of New Value: How Canadian Pension Funds are Preparing for a Post-COVID-19 Environment [CIBC Mellon]

Other Benefit Plans 

Two years later: Employers leveraging health, wellness tools to prevent pandemic-fuelled burnout, disability leaves [Benefits Canada]

23% of employees saw workplace perks ‘wiped out’ during pandemic: survey [Benefits Canada]

Ontario Announces Further Extension of Paid and Deemed Infectious Disease Emergency Leaves [Hicks Morley]

Pandemic shifting benefits plan challenges for sponsors, members: Benefits Canada survey [Benefits Canada]

Ontario Introduces Process for WSIB to Recover Overpayments Made to Employers with Respect to Paid IDEL [Hicks Morley]

Ontario, Canada Releases Details About Employer Reimbursement Process for Paid COVID-19 Leave [Littler]

Employers making pension, benefits changes as pandemic continues: survey [Benefits Canada]

Plan sponsors focusing on well-being, virtual health care in year two of pandemic: survey [Benefits Canada]

As substance abuse rises amid pandemic, employers can help [Benefits Canada]

Cross-Country Review of New Leaves of Absence Created in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis [Littler]           

Global/Multinational Resources

2021 European Employer Survey Report [Littler]

Navigating Hybrid and Remote Working in the Post-Pandemic World: Six Tips for Global Employers [LexBlog]

New remote working legislation around the world [Lockton]

COVID-19 vaccines: What multinational employers need to know [Update] [Lockton]

Global Strategies for COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace: 7 FAQs for Multinational Employers [Ogletree Deakins]

COVID-19: Back to Work Guide for International Employers [FordHarrison]

COVID-19 Resources for Employers [Mercer]

Director-General declares the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic [WHO]

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic [WHO]

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