COVID-19... The HR Side

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This workshop is being offered to agencies and service providers in the domestic violence and sexual violence sector. It is not open to the general public.

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Questions from employers and employees about coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are multiplying almost as fast as the virus itself. Employers need to rely on a combination of authoritative legal and medical advice, and their own common sense, to keep employees safe.

Right now it’s about doing what can be done to make sure employees are in a space where they can work, and if they can’t, how are they supported through that. As we try to keep businesses running, equally important is being empathetic. Everything else has been muted for the last few weeks, other than keeping business running and doing it from a place where employees are enabled to work.

This journey is going to be different for every single person.

In this seminar we will look at:

Job-Protected Leave
Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits
Vacation Pay, Leave or Banked Overtime
Temporary Lay-Off
Temporary Lay-Off vs Termination of Employment
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Program (Sub Plan)
Reducing Compensation
Wage Subsidy
WCB Premium Relief
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)


Wendy Giuffreis a Human Resource Professional with 30 years generalist experience and President and Principal Consultant for Wendy Ellen Inc. Wendy formalized her firm in 2005 and has been growing since. Her firm works with all industries based in and around Western Canada and US affiliates.

Wendy is co-author of the book The Only HR Best Practice You’ll Ever Need – a grass roots and practical approach to what leaders and HR teams often over-complicate – dealing with their people.

Wendy has practiced in all aspects of HR with a vast breadth of experience starting from solid training at a major oil company to consulting work with many small to mid-size businesses crossing various industry sectors. She has practical hands-on experience clients can benefit from.

Wendy’s career includes 16 years working for a major O&G company to consulting as an independent in all areas of HR and group benefits to date. She consults predominantly to companies of sizes from two to 250 employees. Business sectors vary – O&G, High Tech, Non-profit, Mechanical, Engineering, Construction, Small Enterprise, Insurance, Retail, Plumbing, Environmental, Hospitality and others.

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