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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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Published on: 6 Apr 2020 By

Canada Emergency Response Benefit: a primer for employers

Please note that since this blog was published, there have been further changes made to the CERB program, summarized here. As such, this blog may no longer be fully updated/accurate. Most employers are aware that the Federal government has introduced wage subsidy programs, described in more …

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Published on: 31 Mar 2020 By

Update for litigators: limitation periods and procedural deadlines in Ontario suspended due to COVID-19 emergency

While the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic unfold, litigators and litigants alike can breath a small sigh of relief in light of the recent Order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act on March 17, 2020. The Order suspends for …

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Published on: 26 Mar 2020 By

Should I send my child for access during the COVID-19 pandemic?

These are unprecedented times. As I write this article, Canada has 3,385 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and as you read this article that number is bound to be higher – perhaps exponentially higher. All non-urgent matters in the Ontario courts have been suspended, w…

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Published on: 17 Mar 2020 By

What does COVID-19 mean for franchise systems?

How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect franchises systems? On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. As the situation evolves, the day-to-day affairs of businesses are constantly changing. Responding to a pandemic poses a unique situation for franch…

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