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Message from Bill Kroll, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Management Sector

Update # 19: June 4 – New tools for a safe, gradual return to workplaces

Dear Colleagues,

Following up on my message from last week, I wanted to share some more information about how we are preparing employees and, particularly, managers so they can support employees in this current phase (Pre-Implementation Planning).

We are basing our plans on the assumption that most employees will continue to work remotely as restrictions gradually shift across the country. And even while plans for Justice may vary by regions, or within individual divisions or teams, decisions will always rest on what is best for your health, wellbeing and safety.

Training for our managers and supervisors

This week, we launched a mandatory Easing Workplace Restrictions virtual training course for all managers and supervisors. The course includes four modules, covering a wide range of topics, such as:

This training will help ensure managers and, by extension, employees feel informed, comfortable and well supported, as we prepare for a staged, moderate and controlled easing of restrictions at worksites. Employee-focussed training is also under development—stay tuned for more updates on this front.

New app to help with entry into Justice workplaces

As we move forward, our focus is on ensuring a safe, organized and gradual return to Justice Canada workplaces, particularly in those circumstances in which it may not be ideal for an employee to work remotely, for specific times or reasons. A key element will be managing the number of people who enter our workplaces, to support physical distancing. To help with this, we now have a new digital tool to support us in safely managing building entry and occupancy levels, courtesy of our own Justice Business Analytics Centre.

The new Office Entry App will allow employees to request access to Justice worksites and help managers to monitor and review employee requests. The app will allow users to:

The new digital tool is available through Microsoft Power Apps via tablet, phone or browser, using the same Microsoft O365 account provided to you for MS Teams. It’s important to note that the tool does not collect personal information or health status. It was developed simply to make it easier to schedule access and control numbers of people in our workplaces. You will find more information in the user guide.

Other Departmental Updates on Easing Restrictions

We will continue to share the latest information with you, and thank you for your ongoing patience and tremendous work. Your safety and wellbeing matter most with every step we take forward.

Thank you and be well.

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