Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

As you know, the Quebec Government has asked all businesses and stores in Quebec that are not considered an essential service to close their doors as of today, until April 13, in order to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given that legal services are considered an essential service, we wish to inform you that we have taken all necessary measures to maintain operations in each of our offices. Working remotely, all of our professionals are able to continue their activities and can also be reached at the usual telephone numbers and email addresses.

Employers must also implement measures to prevent contagion in the workplace and ensure the health and safety of their employees. Here are some preventive measures that should be implemented as soon as possible:

  • Provide employees with information about the rules of prevention and symptoms to watch for.
  • Encourage employees to follow simple hygiene rules in the workplace.
  • Inform employees of absence policies.
  • Ensure regular communication regarding the evolution of the situation within the company.
  • Ensure that workspaces are maintained in a manner that reduces the risk of transmission (e.g., ventilation system).
  • Instruct employees experiencing symptoms not to report to work and encourage them to seek appropriate medical assistance when necessary.
  • Encourage employees who are being tested or whose family members are being tested for the COVID-19 virus to inform you as soon as possible.
  • Make certain work-from-home policies more flexible and consider introducing variable working hours.
  • Assess the possibility of taking additional measures for vulnerable employees.
  • Assess the possibility of restricting face-to-face meetings, particularly gatherings of more than 10 people (e.g., replacing them with conference calls).
  • Practice social distancing.
  • In the event of a decline in business, proceed with temporary layoffs (less than 6 months) of some or all staff without notice or compensation, unless you have a collective agreement or employment contracts that provide otherwise.

Policies should also be adopted for employees who travel to impose a quarantine (14 days) upon their return.

The following measures should be implemented:

  • Ask employees to inform you of any travel and limit all travel.
  • It should be noted that the Quebec Government requires all returning travellers to isolate themselves at home on a preventive basis for a period of 14 days from the date of return.

Employers should also regularly consult the latest information published by the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec regarding the COVID-19 virus.


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