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COVID-19: Federal job-protected leave under Canada Labour Code announced

As an emergency response measure, the federal government has introduced up to 16 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave under the Canada Labour Code for federal employees who are “unable or unavailable to work for reasons related to COVID-19”.

 

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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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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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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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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: Federal “Canada Emergency Response Benefit” announced

The federal government announced a new benefit today that will provide relief to employees who lose their income as a result of COVID-19 and are not eligible for Employment Insurance benefits. It is called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

 

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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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Protecting jobs in an emergency – Amendments to BC Employment Standards Act

On March 23, 2020, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (No. 2), 2020 came into force. It amends the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Topping up employee pay during temporary layoffs using a Supplementary Unemployment Benefit Plan (SUB Plan) (Canada)

Recently, more employers have begun to consider using Supplementary Unemployment Benefit Plans (SUB Plans) to provide financial assistance to their employees during a period of layoff due to temporary stoppage of work, training, or illness, injury or quarantine.

 

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Ontario legislature passes Bill 186 – Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 – Job protection for workers due to COVID-19

The Ontario Legislature has passed the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 in an emergency sitting on March 19, 2020. This legislation will provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives.

 

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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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COVID-19: Ontario declares a state of emergency

On Tuesday, March 17, the Premier of Ontario declared a state of emergency in Ontario amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

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Québec’s new temporary work assistance program

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose challenges for Canadian employers, particularly in relation to the various measures put in place by governmental authorities to encourage workers’ self-isolation. In order to alleviate the economic consequences of self-isolation measures in these exceptional times, the government of Québec announced on March 16, 2020, the establishment of a Temporary Work Assistance program (the Programme d’aide temporaire aux travailleurs) (PATT).

 

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COVID-19 impact: Border closures & foreign workers

In a press conference on March 16, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would be closing its borders to non-citizens and those without permanent resident status starting today (March 18) in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

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