Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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


  • Upcoming Virtual Conference—Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs

    Upcoming Virtual Conference—Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs

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    Upcoming Online Workshop: Understanding the Rx Industry

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  • Ready or Not: Your Retirement Planning Guide

    Ready or Not: Your Retirement Planning Guide

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  • Join Your Peers at This Exclusive Event for Global Employee Benefits Professionals | CONNECT Global Benefits Summit

    Join Your Peers at This Exclusive Event for Global Employee Benefits Professionals | CONNECT Global Benefits Summit

    ​Monday, June 7 - Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | Boston, Massachusetts

  • Upcoming Virtual Conference—Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs

    Upcoming Virtual Conference—Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs

    ​Now virtual! Join us January 26-29, 2021 for this vital education—Register today!

  • Upcoming Virtual Conference—Trends in Health and Wellness Positioning Your Benefit Plan for a Healthier Future

    Upcoming Virtual Conference—Trends in Health and Wellness Positioning Your Benefit Plan for a Healthier Future

    ​Register now and join us February 23-24, 2021 for this timely virtual conference!


Government Resources

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]

Medical Loss Ratio Form and Rebates Relaxed Enforcement in Response to COVID-19 [CMS]

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]

Coronavirus-Related Relief for Retirement Plans and IRAs [IRS]
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]

Coronavirus Tax Relief [IRS]

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

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

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

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

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

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 [OSHA]

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) [CDC]

Resources for Businesses and Workplaces  [CDC]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) [CDC]

Federal Government Resources

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

Backgrounder: Simplifying the process for claiming a deduction for home office expenses for employees working from home due to COVID-19 [Canada Revenue Agency]

Strengthening Canadians' Retirement Security - Proposals to Support the Sustainability of and Strengthen the Framework for Federally Regulated Private Pension Plans [Government of Canada]

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

Backgrounder: Extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy [Government of Canada]

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 


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

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

COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Businesses and Organizations) [Ontario Ministry of Health]

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]

Pension Sector Emergency Management Response [FSRA Ontario]

Nova Scotia

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

Northwest Territories

GNWT extends NWT Wage Top Up program for low income workers through September [Government of Northwest Territories]


Special Payments Moratorium Regulation [Government of Manitoba]

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

British Columbia

COVID-19: Relief Measures for Pension Plans in British Columbia [BC Financial Services Authority]


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

Workplace Resources

New Public Health Instructions Issued for Toronto Employers [Blaney McMurtry]

Confinement reinstated in Quebec: What employers need to know [Norton Rose Fulbright]

Five business ‘must-haves’ to surviving COVID-19 in 2021 [Canadian HR Reporter]

Home Office Expenses – New Simplified Deduction Methods, New Taxable Benefit Exception, and Employer Obligations [McCarthy Tetrault]

2021: COVID-19 is still here and employers must remain vigilant [Siskinds]

How can employers safely reopen workplaces? [Canadian HR Reporter]

Ontario employers: ESA temporary layoff rules suspended until July 3, 2021 [Gowling]

Toronto Employers Take Note: Additional COVID-19 Measures Issued by Toronto Medical Officer of Health Including Reporting Obligations [Hicks Morley]

Tips on how to reduce employee burnout [Canadian HR Reporter]

How far should accommodation go with parents working from home? [Canadian HR Reporter]

Can B.C. Businesses Force Employees and Customers to Wear Masks? [Lawson Lundell]

Cuing Up CEWS Through June 2021: Details Confirmed Through March 13, 2021 [Hicks Morley]

Updated: Ontario's mandatory COVID-19 screening tool for workplaces [Osler]

Feds simplify process for work-from-home expenses [Canadian HR Reporter]

Information Overload! How Should Employers Handle Medical Information in a Pandemic? [CCPartners]

Government extends and modifies the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program [BDO Canada]

Conducting Workplace Investigations… in a Pandemic [Norton Rose Fulbright]

Managing the holiday party, bonus season during a pandemic [Benefits Canada]

Long-awaited relief for federally regulated employers: Layoff periods extended further [Norton Rose Fulbright]

Covid-19 2nd Wave Workplace Law Issues: Part 2 [Spring Law]

Covid-19 2nd Wave Workplace Law Issues: Part 1 [Spring Law]

Five lessons for employers to apply to the pandemic’s second wave [Benefits Canada]

Working from Home: Occupational Health and Safety Implications [Fasken]

Return to Work: Managing Employee Reluctance and Refusals [Blaney McMurtry]

Masking the Problem: Perspectives on Employee Refusal to Wear a Mask at Work [CCPartners]

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

The Employer’s COVID-19 Return to the Workplace Playbook [Osler]

FAQ’s: COVID-19 and the Workplace [Mathews Dinsdale]


Health Plans

Managing Health & Welfare Plans During Restructuring [Proskauer]

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

COVID-19 Guidance and Switching COBRA Vendors [Hub International]

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

Administering COBRA Notices in a COVID-19 World of Extended Deadlines [HR Daily Advisor]

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

New Coronavirus Legislation and Its Impact on Health Plans [Quarles & Brady]

New IRS Guidance on Mid-Year Safe Harbor Suspension During COVID-19 [Morgan Lewis]

Leave Donation Programs for COVID-19 [Groom]

COVID-19: Life and Disability Insurance Coverage [Barclay Damon]

CARES Act Brings Compensation, Benefits, and Payroll Tax Changes [Morgan Lewis]

Dependent Care Assistance Programs & COVID-19 [GCG Financial]

Vaccine Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination [CDC]

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

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

COVID-19 Vaccines: Considerations for US Employers [Morgan Lewis]

Can Employers Mandate Employees to Take a COVID-19 Vaccine? [The National Law Review]

Waiting for COVID-19 Vaccine? Create Your Plan Now [HR Daily Advisor]

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


COVID-19 Resources for Employers [Mercer]

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

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 [WHO]

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic [WHO]

Back to Business: Checklist for Multinational Employers [Mayer Brown]

International Employment Challenges Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic [Epstein Becker Green]

COVID-19 Global Employer Guide [Baker McKenzie]

Vaccine Resources

Employers requiring coronavirus vaccinations must consider human rights, privacy [Benefits Canada]

Vaccination policies in workplaces: To mandate, or not to mandate [Gowling]

Employers’ first glance at vaccinations: Mandatory in the workplace or not? [Norton Rose Fulbright]

Vaccines in the workplace [DLA Piper]

Private companies won't impede Canadians' free access to COVID-19 vaccines, Trudeau says [CBC]

Can employers make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory? The law isn't clear [CBC]

Can Employers Require Employees to Be Vaccinated? [Achkar Law]

Retirement Plans

Manitoba Announces Changes to Protect Employers with Defined Benefit Pension Plans [Government of Manitoba]

Pension plan sponsors advised to stress test as regulators shift focus to second wave [Benefits Canada]

The Price of Not Paying the Price: Employers Deferring Pension Contributions Face Other Restrictions [Blakes]

Ontario Introduces Temporary Funding Relief for Defined Benefit Pension Plans [Hicks Morley]

What investing concerns are keeping pension plan sponsors up at night? [Benefits Canada]

COVID-19: Pensions Regulatory Updates Across Canada [Blakes]

Department of Finance Announces Additional Relief Measures Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic [Bennett Jones]

Practical considerations in pension plan administration during COVID-19 [Borden Ladner Gervais]

Pension Regulatory Guidance and Measures Related to COVID-19 Pandemic (Updated) [Bennett Jones]

Other Benefit Plans 

Feds change sick leave benefit, applicants required to say if they travelled [Investment Executive]

Employers offering wills, estate planning tools amid pandemic [Benefits Canada]

How employers can rethink benefits, rewards amid the coronavirus crisis [Benefits Canada]

Using benefits data, return to basics to weather coronavirus pandemic [Benefits Canada]

The End of CERB – The New Recovery Benefits and Temporary EI Changes [Hicks Morley]

Canada’s New Employment Measures Look to Address COVID-19 Effects [Blakes]

Canada COVID-19 Related Leaves of Absences and Income Replacement Benefits [The Larkin Company]

Quebec Implements a Protective Measure for Employees Who are Absent from Work to Self-Isolate Due to COVID-19 [Stikeman Elliott]

Ontario Extends the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave and Delays Layoffs under the ESA until January 2, 2021 [Bennett Jones]

Canadian employers enhancing well-being programs in response to pandemic: survey [Benefits Canada]

How can employers support staff with children during pandemic schooling? [Benefits Canada]

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

Global/Multinational Resources

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

COVID-19 Resources for Employers [Mercer]

Back to Business: Checklist for Multinational Employers [Mayer Brown]

International Employment Challenges Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic [Epstein Becker Green]

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

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 [WHO]

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic [WHO]

COVID-19 Global Employer Guide [Baker McKenzie]