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Published on: 20 Apr 2020 By

Can I get a divorce during the COVID-19 pandemic?

It’s been a long month of social distancing. I mean – wow – this is the most time I have spent with my spouse since … ever! I can appreciate why many couples who were already struggling with relationship dysfunction, or were desiring a separation, may be feeling over the edge now. Of course,…

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Published on: 17 Apr 2020 By ,

Canadian small businesses to receive rent relief

Note: An updated article on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program can be found here. During Prime Minister Trudeau’s daily address on Thursday, April 16, 2020 he announced a new assistance program to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the …

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Published on: 16 Apr 2020 By

Answering employers’ COVID-19 medical note and leave questions

Employees that self-isolate because they have COVID-19 must have a doctor’s note saying they have recovered and can return to work: True or False? It depends. Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to take every “reasonable precaution” necessary to protect their work…

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Published on: 16 Apr 2020 By

Emergency order provides interim flexibility for corporations’ meeting requirements

On March 31, 2020, the government of Ontario issued an emergency order pursuant to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to the province’s Declaration of Emergency. The emergency order is welcomed amongst many Ontario corporations seeking flexibility in connection wit…

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Published on: 14 Apr 2020 By

COVID-19: Ontario’s emergency orders extended

On Saturday, April 11, 2020, the Ontario government announced the extension of its emergency orders concerning the COVID-19 pandemic until April 23, 2020. This extension applies to all emergency orders made by the province in response to COVID-19, including the closure of non-essential place…

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Published on: 13 Apr 2020 By

Franchise disclosure during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting almost every business in one way or another. This is equally true for franchise systems and the franchised businesses in those systems. A limited number of fortunate franchise systems and business are experiencing a positive impact, as the pandemic increase…

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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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