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Hiring and firing practices have become legal minefields.
COVID-19 Employment Practices Liability Insurance Tip:
Business owners may be faced with claims for safety, closure, or even failure to close work sites or operations. It is important that you understand statutory orders, monitor for updates, comply with changes and other guidelines. If you are not clear you have an obligation to consult with authorities for clarity.
Business owners may be faced with Employment Practices Liability Claims related to layoffs or staff reductions. It is also important to consult legal council and use internal HR person(s) to enact changes. Staff reduction and lay-offs may result in litigation for constructive dismal, wrongful termination, and more. Know your risk exposure and consult your key advisors.
Do you know what type of decisions could trigger a claim? Do you know if it is legal to terminate a driver with a bad driving record?
There is no business immune from sexual harassment, wrongful termination or discrimination claims. For this reason, it’s important for businesses to have clear, consistent policies that apply to all their employees. The best defence against employment practice claims is to know the law in your province and then have policies and procedures that meet or exceed the legal standards.
Policy and procedure manuals can help reduce the potential for claims, but Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) is the best protection from costly legal matters involving your employees. Your team at Wilson Insurance can help!