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?
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…View 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 …View 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 …View the post titled How will COVID-19 affect my personal injury claim?
Update for litigators: limitation periods and procedural deadlines in Ontario suspended due to COVID-19 emergency
While the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic unfold, litigators and litigants alike can breath a small sigh of relief in light of the recent Order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act on March 17, 2020. The Order suspends for …View the post titled Update for litigators: limitation periods and procedural deadlines in Ontario suspended due to COVID-19 emergency
Beware of standard clauses – the lesson from Walton v. Warren
On January 9, 2020 the British Columbia Supreme Court found in favour of the Purchaser awarding costs against the Seller when an underground storage tank was discovered approximately 2½ years following closing (“Completion Date”). The judge made this finding despite the Purchaser obtaining a…View the post titled Beware of standard clauses – the lesson from Walton v. Warren
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