(Updated March 19, 2020 at 2:45 PM)
Following further recommendations made by the Provincial and Federal Governments and health authorities regarding the fast changing COVID-19 pandemic, De Jager Volkenant has escalated our response to this serious situation.
Effective immediately, we have asked our lawyers and most staff to work remotely from home for a period of time. We are aligning ourselves with the recommendations of the Provincial and Federal Governments and health authorities and the steps taken by many businesses and organizations to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Most of our lawyers and staff will be working remotely until April 3 when we will re-assess the situation. At this time, our office will remain open with standard office hours, and a small staff essential to our ongoing operations. We will endeavour to continue to provide the level of professional services that you have come to expect from us.
We will take all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our lawyers, staff and their families, while continuing to support the needs of our valued clients.
We will continue to monitor the situation daily, and provide further updates as required.
If you need to contact one of our lawyers or staff, please do so by email and/or phone.
(Original article posted March 16, 2020 at 10:00am)
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to develop, the health, safety and well-being of our clients, lawyers, staff, and colleagues remains a priority in our decision-making here at De Jager Volkenant.
We believe that clients are our partners, and as your partner, we are here to be of service during difficult times. Please be assured that we are open for business and have a comprehensive plan in place to ensure we can continue to offer you the highest-level of service.
De Jager Volkenant is already set-up and optimized for lawyers and staff to work remotely, if necessary, to ensure business continuity.
De Jager Volkenant has taken a proactive approach to this situation, and we would like to tell you some of the steps that we have already taken to safeguard our clients, lawyers, staff and visitors:
- We have increased cleaning protocols within our office and provided guidance to lawyers, staff and visitors on best-practices to reduce the risk of transmission
- We have policies in place regarding any lawyers or staff who are feeling ill or might otherwise be at increased risk of transmission
- We have implemented applicable measures recommended by the Federal and Provincial government
- Face to face meetings will be minimized where possible with an increased reliance on telephone and video conferencing
We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and provide updates through our website and via email.
If you have questions specific to COVID-19 policies or procedures for your organization or business please continue to reach out to our team members. We want to assure you that we are well prepared to respond to your organization and business needs while also meeting the needs of lawyers and staff and our obligation to do our part in minimizing the impact and spread of COVID-19.