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Published on: 5 Oct 2020 By

Leaves, layoffs and terminations: COVID’s impact on Ontario’s workplaces

In the ever-changing employment law landscape of 2020, it can be hard to keep pace and understand your options and responsibilities for your workforce. This blog will discuss some of our clients’ frequently asked questions about leaves, layoffs and terminations. Covid Related Leaves of Absen…

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Published on: 5 Oct 2020 By

It’ll never happen to us: Union avoidance in the age of COVID-19

Union organizing campaigns can start in several different ways, however many find at their root a feeling among employees of unfair or unequal treatment by their employer. Sometimes the friction point is pay and benefits, other times it is entitlement to a benefit or advantage that others ma…

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Published on: 1 Oct 2020 By

New COVID-19 screening requirement for businesses and organizations

On Friday, September 25th, the Ontario government announced that, effective September 26th all Ontario businesses must comply with any advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (the “Chief Medical Officer”) on screening for COVID-19.…

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Published on: 1 Oct 2020 By

Dazed and Confused: Five more contractual considerations for uncertain times

In part one of this article, I discussed five considerations for negotiating and drafting contracts during this period of continuing commercial uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are five additional considerations for negotiating, drafting and executing contracts during …

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Published on: 24 Sep 2020 By

Dazed and Confused: Five contractual considerations for uncertain times

The year 2020 will not soon be forgotten. Despite the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also provided a catalyst for substantial innovation and positive disruption to business models and commercial practices. During this time of business adaptation to respond to the unique challen…

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Published on: 14 Sep 2020 By ,

Support for Businesses during COVID-19: CEBA application deadline extended

Despite being able to resume operations following the lifting of certain governmental restrictions related to COVID-19, many business owners continue to experience unprecedented financial challenges. After months of decreased revenue – or possibly even periods without any revenue – business …

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Published on: 21 Aug 2020 By ,

Intellectual property considerations for Professionals: Who owns educational or promotional content (like this article)?

Copyright in content Many businesses, including medical clinics and dental offices, are re-opening after being forced to shut down by public health authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the shut down, many professionals and small business owners published various articles, blog po…

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Published on: 17 Aug 2020 By

Filing deadlines extended for patents, trademarks and industrial designs in response to COVID-19 – Update: Final extension

Note: This post has been updated to reflect additional notices issued by CIPO, mostly recently on August 5, 2020, each which further extended the previously announced extension. As Canada responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has taken the drasti…

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Published on: 31 Jul 2020 By

Essential visitors, essential caregivers, and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, strict guidelines have been put in place regarding visitors at long-term care homes. On June 10, 2020, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (“CMOH”) provided an update to “Directive #3” to include precautions and procedures for homes to follow in relation to mana…

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