Employers making dismissal decisions would be best served with employment contracts that grant flexibility in these circumstances with a properly drafted layoff clause. Why? Because the current pandemic has proven that we are not always as prepared as we think we are and must always be prepared for the unexpected.
It’s been almost six months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Ontario. During this time the government has introduced a number of new income support programs and new laws. There was no play book for handling this crisis.
On July 13, 2020, the Superior Court of Quebec rendered a decision in Hengyun International Investment Commerce Inc. v. 9368-7614 Québec Inc., 2020 QCCS 2251 in which it held that a tenant was relieved from its obligation to pay rent under its lease for a gym for the months of March, April, May and part of June 2020.