Franchise disclosure during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting almost every business in one way or another. This is equally true for franchise systems and the franchised businesses in those systems. A limited number of fortunate franchise systems and business are experiencing a positive impact, as the pandemic increase…View the post titled Franchise disclosure during the COVID-19 pandemic
The basics of the federal government wage subsidy programs
With each passing day during the COVID-19 pandemic, there seem to be more programs, lists and rules to be aware of. It can feel overwhelming to keep it all straight, so this blog will focus on the Federal Government’s two wage subsidy programs: the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy and the 75% Cana…View the post titled The basics of the federal government wage subsidy programs
The Canadian Bar Association webcast: critical condominium law issues
Access to property condominium liens and status certificates. On April 16, business law lawyer Matthew Wilson will examine a number of critical issues with respect to the governance and operation of condominium corporations in Ontario being affected by the recent measures taken by the other …View the post titled The Canadian Bar Association webcast: critical condominium law issues
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…View 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…View 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…View 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…View 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 …View 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…View 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…View the post titled Leaves, layoffs, and furloughs – what are the differences? What are the risks?
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