Ontario employers take note: in a surprise announcement on September 3, 2020, the provincial government announced that it had extended its freeze of temporary layoff limitations. Regular layoff rules had been set to resume on September 4, 2020. Pursuant to O. Reg. 492/20, this date has now been pushed back to January 2, 2021.
In late March, as the pandemic hit swift and hard, along with the obvious panic and uncertainty, there was also something approaching a sense of novelty: some of us would now get to work from home. No more commute, dress code, or cubicle.
Effective July 7, 2020, Ottawa followed the lead of Kingston and Toronto by mandating the use of masks in public indoor spaces. Many other municipalities across Ontario have instituted similar rules (or seem to be headed in that direction).