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Good Friday, Easter and Passover in 2020

Good Friday and Easter Sunday coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover in 2020. Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts in that they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars which follow only the cycle of the sun; rather, their dates are determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. It has come to be the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March, but calculations vary in East and West.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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