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.

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Vaccine Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers: Getting Started [CDC]

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination [CDC]

Toolkit on COVID-19 Vaccine: Health Insurance Issuers and Medicare Advantage Plans [CMS]

Employers Take on the Vaccination Challenge: New Survey Results [Mercer]

56% of US workers say they'll get a COVID-19 vaccine [HR Dive]  

How 5 employers are incentivizing the coronavirus vaccine [HR Dive]

Littler COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Survey Report [Littler] 

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] 

Want to Know if Your Employees Received the COVID-19 Vaccine? Some Best Practices to Consider [JacksonLewis]

Government Resources 

Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace [OSHA]
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]

COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act: Questions and Answers [DOL]

Changing Jobs and Job Loss: Important Information for Health and Retirement Benefits [DOL]

Unemployment Insurance Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak [DOL]

COVID-19 Resources [PBGC]  

Toolkit on COVID-19 Vaccine: Health Insurance Issuers and Medicare Advantage Plans [CMS]

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Temporary Rule [DOL] (revised for health care providers)

Reporting Qualified Sick Leave Wages and Qualified Family Leave WagesPaid on Form W-2 [IRS Notice 2020-54]

Determining Your FFCRA Eligibility Tool [DOL]

FFCRA, CARES Act and COVID-19 Health Coverage Issues Part 42 & Part 43 [DOL & HHS]

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Questions and Answers [DOL]

FFCRA Leave & Summer Program Closures [DOL FAB 2020-4]

COVID-19 and the American Workplace [DOL]

FFCRA Presentation Slides and Webinar [DOL]

Employer Expanded Family and Medical Leave Requirements [DOL]


DOL Redefines Health Care Provider Exception to FFCRA [Jackson Lewis]

Emergency Leave Is Running Out Across The Country—What To Do If Employees’ Kids Are Still Not Back To School? [Seyfarth]

Back to School With the FFCRA: What Employers Need to Know [Fox Rothschild]

Back To Square One: Court Ruling Upends COVID-19 Leave Rules [Fisher Phillips]

FFCRA Multiemployer Alert [Milliman]

DOL Issues New Guidance on COVID-19, the FFCRA, the FMLA and the FLSA [Foley & Lardner]

DOL Issues Regulations Implementing Emergency Paid Sick and Paid FMLA Law [FMLA Insights]

FFCRA Documentation and Record Keeping [Ice Miller]

Health Plan Continuation for Those Taking EPSLA or EFMLEA Protected Leave [Graydon]



Vaccine Resources

Federal Government Resources

Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations: SOR/2021-36 [Government of Canada]

Government Announces Wage and Rent Subsidy Amounts to Remain Unchanged Through to June [Department of Finance]

Government of Canada introduces legislation to increase number of weeks for EI regular benefits and to prevent international travellers from qualifying for recovery benefits during mandatory quarantine [Employment and Social Development Canada]

Government of Canada proposes increase to number of weeks for recovery benefits and EI regular benefits to ensure continued support for Canadians who have been hardest hit [Employment and Social Development Canada]

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 


Phase 2 of Vaccine Delivery Plan Launches, Special Vaccination Leave Introduced [Government of Saskatchewan]

Ensuring Job Protection for Employees Accessing Benefits Under the Federal Recovery Program [Government of Saskatchewan] 


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




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]


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]

Workplace Resources

Employers should weigh human rights, health risks when drafting pandemic policies [Benefits Canada]

Tax Implications of Working from Home During COVID-19: 10 Employer FAQs [McInnes Cooper]

Cyber Security for Working Remotely [Crown MacKay]

Private On-Site Rapid Testing for COVID-19 Expanded [Hicks Morley]

Does Pandemic Fatigue Give Rise to a Duty to Accommodate? [Lawson Lundell]

Remote Work From Other Jurisdictions: What Employers Need To Know [MLT Aikins]

Further Amendments to Ontario’s Screening Tool for Workers [Hicks Morley]

Canadian employers planning for a post-pandemic reality: survey [Benefits Canada]

What to expect from OHSA inspectors in the age of COVID-19 [Siskinds]

Preparing for your return to the office? Five tips to prepare for a safe office reopen [Human Resources Director]

5 key questions about returning to the office [Canadian HR Reporter]

COVID-19 – Can my employee refuse to come back to work? [Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber]

Federal Government Announces Temporary Waiver of EI Waiting Period [Hicks Morley]

Business Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations for Employers [Lawson Lundell]

Federal Government Extends COVID-19 Wage Subsidy [MLT Aikins]

Are You Ready for Your CEWS Audit? [Bennett Jones]

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]

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]

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

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

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]

Retirement Plans

OSFI revises pension directives to remove temporary COVID-19 related measures [Morneau Shepell]

In Search of New Value: How Canadian Pension Funds are Preparing for a Post-COVID-19 Environment [CIBC Mellon]

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]

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 

Federal Government Extends COVID-19 Leaves under Canada Labour Code [Hicks Morley]

Plan sponsors focusing on well-being, virtual health care in year two of pandemic: survey [Benefits Canada]

Important Updates Regarding Employment Insurance Regular Benefits, Recovery Benefits, and Upcoming CEWS Claim Periods [Hicks Morley]

As substance abuse rises amid pandemic, employers can help [Benefits Canada]

Is resilience training key to surviving lockdown stresses? [Canadian HR Reporter]

Mini-guide to help employees' mental health through winter [Mental Health Commission of Canada]

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]

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]

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

Global/Multinational Resources

COVID-19 vaccines: What multinational employers need to know [Update] [Lockton]

COVID-19 Insights & Resources [Aon]

Global Strategies for COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace: 7 FAQs for Multinational Employers [Ogletree Deakins]

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]