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Working safely from home

What are the employer’s obligations to an employee when an employee is not working in the office? With so many employees now working from home, employers’ health and safety obligations need to be reexamined.

 

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Layoffs and alternatives – Curtailing operations in response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have rapid and far-reaching effects on Canadian workplaces. In this article, we answer those questions for Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. In all cases, please be advised that different considerations may apply under the terms of a collective agreement, if applicable.

 

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COVID-19: What a difference a month makes

In over 30 years I have never seen one topic dominate my employment law practice like COVID-19 has over the last three weeks. Some Ontario businesses have gone from working at 100% capacity to 0% because the Ontario government has declared these businesses as non-essential and working remotely is not possible.

 

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Substitution of public holidays: An unusual option for unusual times

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As most employers know, Ontario recognizes nine public holidays every year. The majority of employees are entitled to take these public holidays off work and receive public holiday pay. Most employees who actually work on these days are entitled to receive premium pay (equal to time and a half wages), in addition to public holiday pay.

 

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Saskatchewan enacts public health emergency leave

On March 17, 2020 the government of Saskatchewan introduced and passed amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act. The primary focus of these amendments is the enactment of a new form of leave called “public health emergency leave” for provincially-regulated employees.

 

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Family status accommodation requests: How far do employers need to go?

The human rights landscape in Ontario has been fraught with differing legal standards and understandings of what an employer’s legal obligations are regarding family status accommodation.

 

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Client alert: Remote work, data breaches and cybersecurity considerations during COVID-19

As businesses adapt to the “new normal” of extreme uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, countless employees are faced with the prospect of working remotely in a variety of new (and sometimes less-than-secure) environments. Cybercriminals have taken notice.

 

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Supreme Court of Canada cracks open the door for international human rights tort claims in Nevsun Resources Ltd. v. Araya

Although the majority decision in this case does not definitively establish the existence of torts based on international human rights violations in Canadian courts, the reasons represent a significant leap in judicial thinking on the responsibilities and liability of Canadians corporations who operate internationally in jurisdictions where human rights abuses may occur.

 

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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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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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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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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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