Guidelines & Responsibilities for Onsite Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the employer’s responsibility to follow guidelines set by government and public health authorities to help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
See the following resources provided by the federal and provincial governments for information and guidelines.
- Public Health Agency of Canada:
Risk mitigation tool for workplaces/businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 and communicable disease
- BC Centre for Disease Control:
COVID-19: Employers & Businesses
As always, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide safe working conditions for co-op student positions. In order to mitigate risks, some workplaces may choose to adopt remote work arrangements for their employees and student positions.
If remote work conditions are not possible due to the nature of their business, employers must communicate any onsite work requirements in both their job postings to UBC Arts Co-op students and throughout the application and interview process. Employers are solely responsible for any potential liabilities or risks with respect to their employees.
Our students’ health and safety is our top priority and we advise all UBC Arts Co-op students to follow the guidelines set by government and public health authorities. We also encourage our students to take care of their wellbeing and access mental health resources for support.
Overall, it is up to the discretion of each student to decide to pursue opportunities with onsite work requirements or attend site visits requested by an employer. If a UBC Arts Co-op student feels uncomfortable with any onsite requirements from employers during COVID-19, we support their decision to not pursue these types of opportunities at this time.