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Starting an investigation when no one asked (or wanted) you to

Somewhere between going on an ill-advised “fishing expedition” and commencing a clearly defined investigation of a formal complaint, lies a grey area rife with uncertain legal obligations and sticky situations.

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COVID-19: Federal job-protected leave under Canada Labour Code announced

As an emergency response measure, the federal government has introduced up to 16 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave under the Canada Labour Code for federal employees who are “unable or unavailable to work for reasons related to COVID-19”.

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Federal COVID-19 aid package: The 10 percent wage subsidy and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

April 1, 2020, the federal government released further details of the much anticipated Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program. The program is to help businesses keep and return workers to their payroll through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Legal issues in the post corona era

Right now employment lawyers are talking, debating and especially ZOOMING about various employment issues that have arisen since this pandemic started.

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada releases guidance on privacy and the COVID-19 outbreak

On March 20, 2020, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada issued guidance to help organizations subject to federal privacy laws understand their privacy-related obligations during the COVID-19 outbreak. The assistance comes as the outbreak raises questions about privacy issues during a pandemic.

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Remote work considerations: An employer’s guide

As the world manages its way through the current COVID-19 global pandemic, employers are required to act quickly to implement remote work arrangements.

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COVID-19 and employment insurance – everything you need to know (Canada)

Unprecedented numbers of Canadians are applying for Employment Insurance (“EI”) benefits due to an interruption in earnings caused by layoff, sickness or quarantine resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, we explore some of the most common questions arising in relation to EI benefits at this time.

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COVID-19: Health and safety protocols for construction sites

All industries are facing an ongoing and fluid landscape amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Workplaces are temporarily shutting down, or have moved towards unprecedented work-at-home procedures. However, many construction jobsites remain open throughout Canada and B.C. B.C.’s Health Officer has clarified that the ban on gatherings of more than 50 people does not apply construction jobsites. Nonetheless, while the construction industry continues to operate, doing so is not without change, risk and the need to adapt.

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Employee wellbeing: Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the spread of the Coronavirus has increased and continues to increase, a majority of employees are now working from home. With employees working from home during social distancing, now is the time to ensure that you support your employees. Here are a few tips to ensure you are adequately checking in with your employees and ensuring their mental wellbeing:

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Employer options in the face of COVID-19

Employers in Ontario facing economic hardship or mandatory closure have several options to manage employees, avoid risk and save expenses in the face of COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Disallowing kilts while on duty does not equal discrimination

Employers must remember to consider these basic principles when responding to any claim alleging discrimination on the basis of the Code.

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COVID-19: Federal “Canada Emergency Response Benefit” announced

The federal government announced a new benefit today that will provide relief to employees who lose their income as a result of COVID-19 and are not eligible for Employment Insurance benefits. It is called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

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COVID-19 pandemic: Fact sheet for employers and employees

In this post, we try to address some of the main questions and concerns you may have as an employer or employee in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you will find this general information useful, but want to stress the importance of obtaining independent legal advice with respect to your individual circumstances.

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Protecting jobs in an emergency – Amendments to BC Employment Standards Act

On March 23, 2020, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (No. 2), 2020 came into force. It amends the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Topping up employee pay during temporary layoffs using a Supplementary Unemployment Benefit Plan (SUB Plan) (Canada)

Recently, more employers have begun to consider using Supplementary Unemployment Benefit Plans (SUB Plans) to provide financial assistance to their employees during a period of layoff due to temporary stoppage of work, training, or illness, injury or quarantine.

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