Civil Liability and COVID-19
COVID-19 mandates have become increasingly politicized over recent months. The many who descended on Parliament Hill in late January to protest COVID-related government restrictions are one extreme example of the rising dichotomy in Canada. However, what many Canadians may be unaware of is t…Continue reading the post titled Civil Liability and COVID-19
Three things Ontario employers can do this week to limit employment liability in 2022
Happy new year! Let’s hope that this is the beginning of the end of COVID-19. To start the year off with something light but action-oriented, I thought I would propose three things that you can do this week to help get your organization started off on the right foot in 2022 from an employment law...Continue reading the post titled Three things Ontario employers can do this week to limit employment liability in 2022
As a Canadian permanent resident, can I travel outside Canada without the Permanent Residence Card during COVID-19?
Since March 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (‘IRCC’) have being abstaining from the traditional in-person permanent residence landing appointments to validate Confirmation of Permanent Residence (‘CoPR’). Instead, the IRCC have been completing virtual landing and issuing e…Continue reading the post titled As a Canadian permanent resident, can I travel outside Canada without the Permanent Residence Card during COVID-19?
Canadian border-crossing updates – November 30, 2021
Starting today, November 30, 2021, the following COVID-19 vaccines are accepted by the Government of Canada for international travel in addition to the vaccines that have been recognized earlier this year: Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C); Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells);…Continue reading the post titled Canadian border-crossing updates – November 30, 2021
Sponsorship applications: Parents and Grandparents Program 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging for those Canadians whose parents and grandparents are foreign nationals living outside Canada. Many Canadian citizens and permanent residents attempted to apply to sponsor their loved ones in 2020 but were unsuccessful in obtaining invit…Continue reading the post titled Sponsorship applications: Parents and Grandparents Program 2021
Are COVID-19 unemployment payments deductible from wrongful dismissal damages?
When the COVID-19 pandemic led to widespread layoffs in Q2 2020, the Canadian government introduced the unprecedented Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit (or “CERB”). CERB was retired in September 2020 and was replaced with (among other things) the EI Emergency Response Benefit (“EI ERB”) and …Continue reading the post titled Are COVID-19 unemployment payments deductible from wrongful dismissal damages?
What’s an employer to do when Infectious Disease Emergency Leave ends?
With over 78% of adults in Ontario having received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, there is much talk about the economy starting to rebound and employees returning to in-person work. Just recently, CBC News and Global News reported that hiring intentions have hit an all-time…Continue reading the post titled What’s an employer to do when Infectious Disease Emergency Leave ends?
COVID-19 temporary layoffs: Not constructive dismissal after all?
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have been forced to temporarily lay employees off because of unexpected business disruptions and/or shutdowns. After over a year of media articles, commentary and legal webinars, employers are likely aware that a temporary layoff is presumptiv…Continue reading the post titled COVID-19 temporary layoffs: Not constructive dismissal after all?
The future of remote work: Important employer considerations
For many employers, the last 15 months has been a forced experiment on whether large segments of their workforce are able to effectively and efficiently work from home. Some employers have been surprised by how smoothly operations can run with employees working remotely. Other employers have…Continue reading the post titled The future of remote work: Important employer considerations
Court weighs in on constructive dismissals and layoff during COVID-19 pandemic
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic many employers were forced to reduce their workforces (often by placing employees on layoff) due to closures or declines in business because of the public health emergency. Employers looked for ways to respond to this situation that would balance their obligati…Continue reading the post titled Court weighs in on constructive dismissals and layoff during COVID-19 pandemic