Impact of COVID-19 on Environmental Law
The protection of our health and environment is a fundamental right of all Canadians. The recent events of COVID-19 including the designation of essential and non-essential services, suspension of limitation periods in certain circumstances has businesses questioning what statues, regulation…Continue reading the post titled Impact of COVID-19 on Environmental Law
EI Work-sharing: A potential option for employers and employees
With the decrease in economic activity in the wake of COVID-19, some businesses are resorting to layoffs to reduce operating expenses. But there is an alternative to layoffs that many businesses are not aware of – and one which may reduce some of the traditional risks of layoffs: the Work-Sh…Continue reading the post titled EI Work-sharing: A potential option for employers and employees
Longer hours – More scrutiny
Workplaces still conducting business due to being considered “essential” should brace for more scrutiny by the Ministry of Labour. And on essential construction sites, that scrutiny can occur any time of the night or day, as working hours on these sites have been extended to 24 hours per day…Continue reading the post titled Longer hours – More scrutiny
COVID-19 exposure in the workplace: will WSIB approve the claims?
Are workers entitled to WSIB benefits if they contract COVID-19 at work? The answer, in some circumstances, is yes. The WSIB has stated that workers will be entitled to benefits for COVID-19 “arising out of and in the course of the worker’s employment”; this is simply a reflection of the s…Continue reading the post titled COVID-19 exposure in the workplace: will WSIB approve the claims?
COVID-19 in Ontario: essential places of business
These past four weeks have been turbulent for Ontario businesses, to say the least. On March 17, 2020, Ontario declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. By March 23, Premier Ford ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses (the “Order”), and on April 3, the …Continue reading the post titled COVID-19 in Ontario: essential places of business
The phoenix shall fly
On February 28, 2020 the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Nevsun Resources Ltd. v. Araya, 2020 SCC 5. By a narrow five-four majority, the SCC held Canadian companies may be sued for breaches of Customary International Law (“CIL”), abroad. Writing for the majority, Abella J. b…Continue reading the post titled The phoenix shall fly
Leaves, layoffs, and furloughs – what are the differences? What are the risks?
Perhaps you thought that recent whipsawing between two revisions to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) in one year was confusing. In my humble opinion, that was nothing compared to the deluge of acronyms and information flooding employers in this COVID-19 world. If it feels like thin…Continue reading the post titled Leaves, layoffs, and furloughs – what are the differences? What are the risks?
Environmental reporting suspended in Alberta due to COVID-19
On March 31, 2020 the Alberta government enacted Ministerial Orders suspending existing environmental reporting requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministerial Orders signed by Environment Minister Jason Nixon states “All requirements to report information pursuant to provisions i…Continue reading the post titled Environmental reporting suspended in Alberta due to COVID-19
Canada Emergency Response Benefit: a primer for employers
Please note that since this blog was published, there have been further changes made to the CERB program, summarized here. As such, this blog may no longer be fully updated/accurate. Most employers are aware that the Federal government has introduced wage subsidy programs, described in more …Continue reading the post titled Canada Emergency Response Benefit: a primer for employers
How will COVID-19 affect my personal injury claim?
The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Law firms have been deemed an essential business, and we continue to operate. In this new, rapidly changing climate, Siskinds’ personal injury team is taking every available measure …Continue reading the post titled How will COVID-19 affect my personal injury claim?