Like most businesses, the growth and success of start-ups and emerging companies have been, and will continue to be, significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, there are proactive steps that start-ups and emerging growth companies can take to mitigate the risks to its operations and, ultimately, its survival.
Workplaces still conducting business due to being considered “essential” should brace for more scrutiny by the Ministry of Labour. And on essential construction sites, that scrutiny can occur any time of the night or day, as working hours on these sites have been extended to 24 hours per day. Employers should carefully review their current practices to ensure they are taking all reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of their workers.
Perhaps you thought that recent whipsawing between two revisions to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) in one year was confusing. In my humble opinion, that was nothing compared to the deluge of acronyms and information flooding employers in this COVID-19 world. If it feels like things are changing daily (sometimes hourly), you’re not imagining it. Let’s try to sort it out.
With so many Canadians incorporating apps into their daily habits, it’s tempting to find a way to get in your customer’s pocket (or purse). But what are the benefits of a mobile app for your small business? Is it worth the investment?