RLR COVID-19 Policy
March 17, 2020
At RLR Lawyers, the health and safety of our community is our number one priority. Public health officials have encouraged employers to establish policies addressing employment issues arising from or related to the COVID019 pandemic. RLR has established the following protocols and workplace expectations to help reduce the risks in our community from this virus.
For the safety of our employees and our clients:
- Access to RLR offices by clients and others will be allowed only where it is necessary. Our lawyers will consider whether business with clients could be transacted over the phone or through other means.
- Clients with scheduled appointments are being asked to call the office involved to confirm who the appointment will be conducted or whether it needs to be rescheduled.
- All client visits must report to the front desk so that we can record the client’s name and lawyer or staff they are meeting with.
- All service providers must sign in with the front desk indicating their name and where they will be working in the office.
- We are taking the step of identifying who is coming into our offices so that we will be able to provide important information to public health officials should an employee, a client, or someone else who attends our offices become infected with the virus. Thank you for your understanding.
Precautionary measures being implemented at our offices:
- We are encouraging employees to monitor and comply with public health recommendations concerning travel outside of Canada, including travel on cruise ships. Employees travelling outside of Canada must advise RLR of these plans, and RLR has reserved the right to require employees returning from travel outside of Canada to work at home for at least 14 days from their return.
- If an employee develops any symptoms of the coronavirus – cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat or difficulty breathing, we require the employee to report these symptoms to the RLR office manager, and we will require that the employee work from home, assuming they are not too sick to do so.
- If an employee has been:
- diagnosed with COVID-19, or
- in contact with a person who has COVID-19
the employee will self-isolate and will not return to work until cleared to do so by their healthcare provider.
- We are actively encouraging the common-sense precautions urged on us by health authorities. This includes the regular and proper washing of hands for at least 20 seconds, regularly using hand sanitizer, and avoiding touching their faces. Employees have also been asked to wipe down their work areas daily with disinfecting wipes provided by the firm.
- We are also following recommendations regarding social distancing, which includes avoiding shaking hands with others.
For more information about COVID-19, including signs and symptoms, please go to the following websites: