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Published on: 26 Jul 2022 By

Ontario Government extends worker Income Protection Benefit while ending leave for employees on layoff

The Ontario Government has introduced a number of leaves and programs for both employees and employers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these, the Ontario Income Protection Benefit, gave employees up to three days of paid infectious disease emergency leave (“IDEL”) as long as their a…

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Published on: 22 Jun 2022 By

Can an employee’s involvement in the Freedom Convoy protests result in their termination of employment?

As we all know, life’s events are constantly being photographed, posted, tweeted, and shared. It seems that keeping our private lives private, has become less and less of a reality as the years go by. As a result, keeping a separation between employees “on-duty conduct” and “off-duty conduct…

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Published on: 20 Jun 2022 By

Return to the office: Struggling with employees unwilling or unable to return

About one year ago, I blogged on various employer considerations for both hybrid and entirely remote work, including location, duration, frequency, home office requirements, legal compliance, etc. See my remote work blog for details. It was already clear at that time that employers were goin…

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Published on: 31 Jan 2022 By

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...

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Published on: 1 Dec 2021 By

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…

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Published on: 30 Nov 2021 By

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);…

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Published on: 17 Aug 2021 By

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…

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Published on: 12 Jul 2021 By

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 …

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Published on: 7 Jul 2021 By

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…

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