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Published on: 13 Apr 2020 By

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…

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Published on: 13 Apr 2020 By

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 …

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Published on: 9 Apr 2020 By

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…

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Published on: 9 Apr 2020 By

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…

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Published on: 9 Apr 2020 By

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 …

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Published on: 6 Apr 2020 By

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…

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Published on: 6 Apr 2020 By

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…

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