COVID-19 continues to have a dramatic impact on both our economy and social interactions as we face a potential second lockdown. With most workplaces functioning and schools reopening, we have started to see an uptick in new COVID-19 cases. With the increase in infections comes an overall increase in health risks, and as such, the Government of Ontario has responded by re-introducing modified Stage Two measures in some hotspot areas, including the reduction of gathering limits and the closure of indoor dining. Accordingly, it is possible that we may continue to see our progress towards returning to our “new normal” slow down and even revert to more restrictive temporary norms.
In the matter of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act of North American retailer Groupe Dynamite, Justice Kalichman of the Superior Court of Québec rendered a judgment on the obligation of a debtor to pay post-filing rent in a context where it cannot use leased premises as a result of COVID-19 government decrees.
Supporting your employees is an important part of creating a psychologically healthy and safe workplace. However, supporting your employees goes beyond providing periodic check-ins and providing mental health supports; it requires an everyday effort.