During the past few months, there have been a number of major issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This virus has created a public health crisis, the likes of which have not been seen in more than 100 years. On top of the public health crisis, an economic one has also been created. Countless businesses have had to close their doors, leading to major revenue issues. In addition, many companies have had to lay off employees in order to keep their costs down. This has left many individuals and families scrambling to make ends meet. The good news is that there is help available. Matt Lalande and the Lalande Law Firm are here to help guide their clients through the legal waters of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a few major areas in which his firm has been helpful.
One of the most important areas in which the Lalande Law Firm can be helpful involves employment. As numerous businesses start to reopen, the virus is still with us. It will be with us until we have a vaccine in place. Therefore, employers have an obligation to protect their employees as they return to work.
In each Canadian jurisdiction, there is occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation that imposes a duty on employers to follow these guidelines:
- All employers have to take reasonable precautions that protect the health and safety of their workers in the workplace. These precautions will change depending on the nature of the industry.
- In addition, all employers have to communicate any workplace hazards to their employees.
- Finally, employees also have to train their employees on how to respond to workplace hazards.
If employees are injured in the workplace, the firm is here to review cases with its clients. The law firm takes an approach that is straightforward, direct, and to the point. This type of approach is ideal for making sure that all clients know exactly what is going on, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, employers also have an obligation to reduce the risk of viral transmission in the workplace. Some of the precautions that employers should take include:
- Making sure the workplace is clean and hygienic
- Providing plenty of hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations
- Promoting an environment of social distancing
- Sending employees home in isolation if they show signs or symptoms of COVID-19
If someone falls ill and the employer did not follow these guidelines, the Lalande Law Firm is here to vigorously defend the rights of its clients.
Of course, Lalande Law Firm is not just limited to these employment cases. Lalande also helps his clients with cases involving wrongful termination as well. While losing your job is always hard, it is even harder during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why the Lalande Law Firm reviews all cases of wrongful termination with its employees and guides them through the legal process if there is a case.
Sometimes, people suffer an injury and are unable to return to work. If this injury takes place in a car accident, the Lalande Law Firm can help with this case as well. Some of the most common injuries that people suffer in a car accident include head injuries, bone fractures, and spinal cord injuries. While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the course, Lalande Law Firm has a tremendous amount of experience and can leverage this to defend the rights of its clients.
During the pandemic, it is important to have someone with the experience of Lalande Law Firm fighting on your behalf.