The Ontario government’s decision to change temporary layoffs and constructive dismissal provisions of the Employment Standards Act has given employers some relief until the Ontario government decides to end the state of emergency.
The purpose of this post is to address some of the frequently asked questions we have received from employees in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic relating to government support, including Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Employment Insurance, and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
I started my legal career in September 2008, which coincided with an unprecedented economic collapse. I received a crash course in recession-related legal advice. I advised clients about everything from quick fixes to Hail Mary attempts to support their workers and save their businesses. But it wasn’t until the last few weeks that I had to dust off my old playbook and again discuss these urgent, drastic measures with my employer clients. Some of these measures include: