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COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS

Updated as of April 20, 2020

COVID-19: CLOSURE OF OUR OFFICE
DECONTAMINATION WORK AND THE DECREE
A TRIBUTE TO BUILDING SERVICE EMPLOYEES!
EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES AND COVID-19
TRAVEL CERTIFICATE TEMPLATE
USEFUL LINKS

COVID-19: CLOSURE OF OUR OFFICE

In order to comply with governmental directives, please note that our office is presently closed to the public.

However, we are able to operate at reduced staff. This allows us to maintain a minimum of services and answer your questions. Considering these exceptional circumstances, our processing times may be slowed down.

As for the employee's complaints, we recommend that you use the complaint form available under the Employees section of our website.

Please contact us by:

Phone: 514 384-6640 or 1 800 461 6640

Email: info@cpeep.qc.ca

Fax: 514 383-5349

DECONTAMINATION WORK AND THE DECREE

IMPORTANT REMINDER TO ALL EMPLOYERS

Please note that all decontamination work within a public building is regulated by the Decree. Sanitation or decontamination work using specialized equipment such as hazardous material suits, is comparable to building maintenance. It is the nature of the work that determines its liability.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Even though our office is closed to the public and we are currently working with a reduced staff, we are still in operation.

COVID-19: A TRIBUTE TO BUILDING SERVICE EMPLOYEES!

The coronavirus crisis has given the public a reason to praise the daily work performed by the building service employees. There is currently an overwhelming response of gratitude towards the building service employees, which keeps growing, and with good reason, the cleaning attendants are front and center, battling the virus!

Our Prime Minister, Mr. Legault, has himself praised the work accomplished by the maintenance people in a recent press conference, recognizing the immense work done by our industry in these times of crisis.

Moreover, La Presse Plus published an article in its March 22 edition, written by journalist Vincent Larouche, emphasizing the importance of building service workers in these difficult times.

Click on this link to access the publication in La Presse Plus (in French): Entitled "Des dizaines de milliers de travailleurs au front" the article pays tribute to the workers in our industry. This press release pays a nice tribute to the women and men who are working daily to keep our working places clean and safe.

We join Mr Larouche and Mr Legault in saying THANK YOU!

EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES AND COVID-19

If you are an employer, please note that, given the current situation, we will allow delays in sending your March monthly report, levy and RRSP contribution.

With the ongoing crisis regarding the coronavirus, employers, as well as employees in our industry are faced with many uncertainties. What to do when workplaces are closed, what to do when employees are quarantined etc...

Considering the recent measures taken by the government to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus crisis, we suggest that employers, whose employees have stopped working, following a quarantine or a closed workplace, pay them by using their sick leave hours, if applicable, or their accumulated vacation, if the employee is not eligible to the Employment Insurance. We remind you that these measures are to be applied on a voluntary basis: the Parity Committee cannot enforce these measures based on the Decree. Moreover, the employer cannot force the employee to take his vacation if his workplace is closed.

We would also like to remind employers and employees, that based on article 12 of the Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety, a worker has a right to refuse to perform particular work if he has reasonable grounds to believe that the performance of that work would expose him to danger to his health, safety or physical well-being, or would expose another person to a similar danger (AROHS/LSST).

In addition, the federal and provincial government recently announced assistance measures to companies and citizens affected by the coronavirus crisis. As the situation is changing rapidly, we recommend that you check the news as well as any news releases from both government levels, federal and provincial, on a regular basis.

TRAVEL CERTIFICATE TEMPLATE

Employers may use the following travel certificate template when their employees need to travel in a restricted area where their workplace is located.

We provide a Word document so that you can add your logo, if applicable.

Click on the following link to download the template that you may adapt to your needs.

Travel certificate

USEFUL LINKS

Consult the following websites for further details:

COVID-19: Instructions and directives: quebec,ca: the coronavirus

Minimization of non-priority services and activities: quebec,ca/essential_services

Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail : CNESST

Government Assistance Programs: Assistance Programs-COVID-19

Employment Canada: COVID-19 - Employment and Social Development Canada

Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (CRHA) :In French: COVID-19 Informations et recommandations