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Federally Regulated Employers Catch a Break

The Federal Government has extended the layoff period temporarily to accommodate employees who have been laid off during the current pandemic. Previously, employers could temporarily lay-off their employees for up to three months if no recall date was provided, or for a period of up to six months if they provided an expected recall date...

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Ontario Termination Provisions in Doubt

The brief run on employer friendly cases seems to have come to an end. The Ontario Court of Appeal just reversed the lower court’s decision in Waksdale v Swegon North America, which previously held that an ‘illegal’ just cause termination provision would not necessarily impact the enforceability of a ‘legal’ without cause provision where the...

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit Extended

After much speculation, Prime Minister Trudeau announced today that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended by 8 weeks. Previously the length of the eligibility period for the CERB was 16 weeks, which for many who applied when it first became available will be soon coming to an end. As a reminder, the...

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Ontario Government Provides Employers Further Relief

Over the weekend the provincial government passed legislation amending the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) in several fundamental ways. In particular, the changes set out below will apply throughout the “Covid-19 Period”, which is defined as the period from March 1, 2020 to six (6) weeks after Ontario’s emergency order is lifted. Employees...

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Trudeau Pushes for 10 Paid Sick Days

Prime Minister Trudeau announced today that he will begin talks with the provinces and territories to implement 10 paid sick days a year for workers. It is important to note that the Federal government does not have the authority to pass provincial employment laws, including the obligation to provide paid sick days. To be clear,...

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British Columbia Requires Safety Plan from Employers

With health and safety at the forefront of everyone’s mind in B.C. as the province starts to reopen, WorkSafeBC is now requiring businesses in B.C. have a Safety Plan outlining each business’s plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Below are the points B.C. businesses must consider when developing their plan: Assessing the risk in...

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Provincial Guidelines for Reopening

As more and more provinces begin reopening, it’s important for employers to be aware of the specific health and safety guidelines associated with reopening/operating your business. For your reference, we have gathered below a list of links to the guidelines issued by province. While these are recommendations/best practices, you can anticipate Ministry of Labour occupational...

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Layoff Period Extended in British Columbia

More COVID-19 related changes are coming, this time to British Columbia. Following suit with Alberta, the province of BC has recently made amendments extending their temporary layoff period from 13 weeks to 16 weeks in a 20-week period. It’s important to note this change is only applicable if the layoff is due to COVID-19 related...

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Is your Organization Ready? Guidelines Released for Reopening

There is some light at the end of the tunnel. Over the past week, provincial governments across Canada have started outlining plans to get businesses up and running again. Some provinces – Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec – have also released health and safety guidelines setting out what businesses must have in...

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