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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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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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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: 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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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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Remote work and information privacy

An unprecedented number of organizations have asked their employees to move to remote work in response to the COVID-19 Health Emergency.

 

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Constructive dismissal in the time of COVID-19

While mandatory remote work and temporary layoffs are likely a component of the overall pandemic response, employers may ultimately run into the legal complication of a constructive dismissal claim.

 

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Sick with worry: An employer’s guide to managing coronavirus concerns in the workplace

Coronavirus – by now, that’s a term we’ve all heard. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a new and contagious respiratory virus characterized by fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Coronavirus symptoms are common to a lot of viral illnesses, and in many respects, a mild coronavirus infection can look a lot like a bad cold or flu. However, in some cases, coronavirus can lead to significant and life-threatening complications.

 

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Managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) for employers

The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been the dominating news topic of 2020 so far. Canadian health officials maintain that, at this point, the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low in all parts of Canada. However, it is important for employers to be prepared to respond as COVID-19 continues to develop both in Canada and globally.

 

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Constructive dismissal update: Employee claiming damages for workplace harassment barred from commencing court action

If this case is upheld on appeal, this decision suggests that if an employee quits because of workplace harassment, then the employee will not be able to bring a constructive dismissal in the courts in some cases.

 

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No obligation to accommodate employee’s “preference” to work closer to home

A recent arbitration decision is helpful for employers dealing with accommodation requests, particularly with respect to a request to be transferred to a different location.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with meal and vehicle rates, employment law changes in Alberta and rules for working in the cold.

 

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Coronavirus and the workplace: what employers can do to prevent an outbreak

The coronavirus has been identified in patients in a growing number of countries, including Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany, France, Japan and China.

 

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