When will employees be returning to the workplace? Employees will
gradually return to the workplace throughout phases 3 and 4 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan. Ministries will direct employees on the expectations for returning
to the workplace, including when and the new safety protocols in place.
Employees may be asked to return to the workplace at different times to
accommodate a gradual approach for a safe return.
If an employee is being tested, do we notify other employees? When individuals are in contact with another individual who has contracted the virus, Public Health will advise contacts who need to know and subsequently self-isolate. Practice discretion and respect confidentiality. For more information, refer to Q&A for Employers: Role of Public Health in COVID-19 Case and Contact Follow-up.
Do my summer travel plans affect returning to the workplace?
Employees are encouraged to follow public health recommendations on travel.
Workplaces have implemented safety procedures to ensure the safety of employees
and clients when returning to the workplace. Managers can contact their HR
Business Partner to discuss specific situations. For more information, please refer to the current travel rules.
Why is government recommending employees wear non-medical masks?This is in order to support employees' safe return to the workplace and is in alignment with the Chief Medical Health Officer's recommendation to wear a non-medical mask when two metres of physical distance cannot be maintained.
Do I have to wear a mask when riding in an elevator?Employees are strongly encouraged to wear masks when riding in elevators.
What if I don't want to wear a mask in an elevator?Employees who do not wish to wear a mask in elevators may also take the stairs or wait for an empty elevator in order to maintain two metres of distance from other people.
Will government provide me with a mask?Yes. Each ministry is purchasing masks and they will be available for employees. Employees will be responsible for the care of their own cloth masks.
Can I wear my own mask?Yes. Employees are welcome to wear their own cloth or disposable masks. Cloth masks should comply with Health Canada guidelines. Employees will be responsible for the care of their own masks.
How do I put on and take off my mask safely?Information on how to put on and take off (don and doff) your mask safely is available on Taskroom or the Health Canada website.
How do I care for a cloth mask?Information on how to care for and clean your cloth mask is available on Taskroom or the Health Canada website.
What do I do if I forget or lose the cloth mask my employer gave me?
Each employee must be responsible for carrying and looking after their own mask. Disposable masks may be available in some areas. Employees will be responsible to replace lost masks provided by government.
If you do not have a mask with you, employees are encouraged to take the stairs or wait for an empty elevator in order to maintain two metres of distance from other people.
What do I do if I get in an elevator and some people are not wearing masks?At this time mask wearing on an elevator is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged when two metres of distance cannot be maintained. Employees may also take the stairs or wait for the next elevator. The public or clients visiting the building may not have masks available to them.
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Note: this does not apply to employees who have been redeployed to other roles. Those employees enter the time worked for the redeployed role.
NOTE: This only applies to employees who are working flexible hours in their own role, to enable them to work from home.
Can I claim household expenses, such as a portion of utility costs or mortgage/rental payments, as tax deductions when I'm working from home due to COVID-19? Canada Revenue Agency has not confirmed that expenses related to working from home during this time will be considered tax deductible expenses for the 2020 tax year. CRA has said that the normal form (T2200) is for employees who permanently work from home and does not apply in this emergency situation. Employees may wish to keep receipts for expenses incurred when working from home in case there are changes to allowable expenses during the pandemic.
Employees can contact their managers with questions.
Managers can contact their Human Resource Business Partner.