The BC Government has announced a phased approach for reopening businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. BC’s Restart Plan is the first in a series of steps that the province will take to protect people and ensure that BC comes back from COVID-19 stronger than before.
Phase 2 of BC’s Restart plan will commence in Mid-May with certain organizational sectors being encouraged to safely re-open with the development of plans that reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
First and foremost, we need to understand what “the new normal” will look like in professional and social settings:
Core Personal Measures for the “New Normal”:
Core Social Interaction Measures for the “New Normal”:
Core Institutional and Work Place Measures for the “New Normal”
Employers must assess their workplaces to identify places where the risk of transmission is introduced. Some questions you may want to consider:
Now that you have identified areas in your workplace where transmission may occur, you must select and put measures in place to minimize the risk of transmission.
Develop policies around who can be at the worksite, including policies around sick workers and travellers.
You must ensure that everyone entering the workplace, including workers from other employers, knows how to keep themselves safe while at your workplace.
In conjunction with addressing workplace safety issues, it will be important to consider what workplace policies and practices need to be updated, supplemented or replaced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to adapting workplace health and safety polices to the “new normal” as described above, employers should consider if any of their policies need to be updated. For example:
Employment contracts should also be reviewed to ensure they appropriately address various issues which the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront, such as temporary layoffs. Employers may also want to consider whether their employment contracts have effective termination clauses, as well as provisions regarding changes to duties, compensation, and work location.
Be prepared that your restart plan will be continuously changing as you identify new areas of concern or determine that something isn’t working. Make sure that you take the time to update your policies and procedures and involve your employees in the process.
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