Date & Time
Thursday, February 6, 2020
8:00 am-10:00 am
   |   Live Event
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Employers are struggling to determine how to respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, which, while originating in China, has swiftly turned into a perceived international crisis, upending financial markets, and prompting government and private-sector travel limitations and worry among local Chinese populations worldwide. The coronavirus poses particular concerns for employers for several reasons, beyond the obvious need to protect employees who may be at risk and the need to address employee concerns.

In this special program designed for employers, lawyers from the Littler Toronto office will address the following issues: health and safety obligations, Ministry of Labour guidance, employee communications, leaves of absences, and limitations on what employers can do, while being sensitive to allegations of discrimination.

They will be joined by Dr. Susy Hota, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control, University Health Network, and Associate Professor of the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, University of Toronto. Dr. Hota will provide her specialized perspective on the situation, including the following:

What do we currently know about the 2019 novel coronavirus?

  • What are the clinical features of infection?
  • How is it transmitted?
  • How contagious and deadly is it?

What measures can be used to protect Canadians from the 2019 novel coronavirus?

  • Recommended public health infection control measures, including self-isolation and quarantine; use of masks; and restrictions on mass gatherings
  • Travel restrictions and airport screening
  • Hospital and healthcare system preparedness activities
  • Recommended public health infections control measures; including self-isolation and quarantine; use of masks; and restrictions on mass gatherings

This complimentary program includes breakfast and valet parking.

For more information, see Littler’s Coronavirus Resources for Employers.


Rhonda B. Levy

Knowledge Management Counsel
(647) 256-4545

Sari L. Springer

Office Managing Partner