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  • Planning for COVID-19 in the workplace – obligations and considerations for employers

    COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan City, China in late 2019. Initially known as “2019 Novel Coronavirus,” the first case was reported on December 31,… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario expands ESA job-protected leaves for COVID-19

    On March 19, 2020, the Ontario Legislature met in an emergency session and passed Bill 186 – the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies),… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario orders mandatory closure of non-essential workplaces

    To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government has ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces to be effective as of March… Read Complete Article
  • 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. The urgency… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Files Emergency Order and Amends Regulations Relating to Long-Term Care Homes in Response to COVID-19. Also Amends Retirement Homes Act Regulation

    Public health authorities have advised that the elderly and people with underlying chronic or immunocompromising medical conditions are particularly at risk from COVID-19. There have… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Makes Emergency Order for Staffing and Redeployment for Health Service Providers Due to COVID-19

    On March 17, 2020, the Ontario Government declared an emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (the “Act”) as… Read Complete Article
  • COVID-19 Emergency Response Act Receives Royal Assent

    On March 25, 2020, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act (Bill C-13) received Royal Assent. The legislation outlines broad amendments and measures… Read Complete Article
  • Federal Government Introduces Increased Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

    As all Canadians adjust to a new “normal” in the era of COVID-19, many employers – whether they continue to operate as an essential service… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Emergency Order Permits Virtual Meetings and Extends Statutory Meeting Timelines under Corporations Act and Business Corporations Act

    While many Ontario corporations’ by-laws require shareholder, member and director meetings to take place in person, holding these meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic would be… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario further reduces list of essential workplaces in response to pandemic

    Further to the initial order mandating the closure of all non-essential workplaces that took effect on March 24, 2020, the Ontario government has followed the… Read Complete Article
  • Federal Government Launches Canada Emergency Response Benefit on April 6th

    Over the past number of weeks, the Canadian government has announced various economic measures intended to stabilize the economy, provide individual financial support to workers… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Makes Emergency Order for Staffing and Redeployment for Boards of Health Due to COVID-19

    The Ontario government issued an emergency order on April 1, 2020 providing boards of health with broad authority to address staffing and work deployment needs… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Files a Second Emergency Order to Address Challenges Facing Long-Term Care Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    On March 17, 2020, the Ontario Government declared an emergency pursuant to Order in Council 518/2020. With the expanded powers afforded to it under the… Read Complete Article
  • Corporations Canada Announces Extension of Annual Return Deadlines for Federally-Regulated Businesses and Not-for-Profits due to COVID-19

    Corporations Canada is the Federal Government’s corporate regulator responsible for administering the laws that allow Canadians to create and maintain a federally-regulated corporation in Canada. As… Read Complete Article
  • WSIB Announces Financial Relief Package for Employers in Response to COVID-19

    As a part of the $17 billion package included in Ontario’s Action Plan, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) package seeks to manage the… Read Complete Article
  • Bill 188 Brings Significant Changes to Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act

    Bill 188, the Ontario Economic and Fiscal Update Act, 2020, received Royal Assent on March 25, 2020. The Bill provided significant changes to several statutes… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Implements Emergency Order in Response to COVID-19 Staffing Shortages in Retirement Homes

    With the declared province-wide state of emergency, the Ontario Government has been active in passing emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act… Read Complete Article
  • Emergency Order Facilitates Staffing, Work Deployment and Streamlined Measures for the Developmental Service Sector in Response to COVID-19

    On March 17, 2020, the Ontario Government declared a province-wide state of emergency which was extended on March 31, 2020 for another 14 days. With… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario passes Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act, 2020

    On April 14, 2020, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act, 2020 to continue to address challenges with respect… Read Complete Article
  • Privacy Considerations for School Boards in the Era of Online Learning 

    While many school boards in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada begin distance learning in attempt to salvage the school year, many school boards wonder how… Read Complete Article
  • Emergency Order Facilitates Staffing and Work Deployment for Service Agencies Providing Violence Against Women Residential Services and Crisis Line Services

    On April 14, 2020, the Ontario Government declared the province-wide state of emergency would continue for a further 28 days, until at least May 12,… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Extends State of Emergency to May 12th and Passes Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act

    Since March 17, 2020, the province of Ontario has been in a continuous declared state of emergency as its government attempts to implement emergency measures… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Announces Enhanced Action Plan to Fight COVID-19 in Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes – Limiting Work to a Single LTC Home

    Although there is still much that is unknown about COVID-19, one devastating fact has repeatedly been highlighted by public health authorities: the increased risk that… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Amends Ambulance Act Regulation to Address Staffing Concerns Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

    On April 16, 2020, the provincial legislature passed Ontario Regulation 159/20 in an effort to address some of the ongoing challenges… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Makes Emergency Order Regarding Work Redeployment Measures for Municipalities in Relation to Critical Municipal Services

    On April 16, 2020, the Ontario government issued an emergency order providing municipalities with broad authority to address staffing and work deployment needs related to… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Temporarily Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home

    As the elderly, chronically ill and immunocompromised continue to face increased risk in relation to COVID-19, the Ontario government has been taking extraordinary steps to… Read Complete Article
  • Federal Government Announces Expanded Eligibility Rules for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

    Since the initial launch of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (or “CERB”) on March 25, 2020, it became increasingly clear that there were significant gaps… Read Complete Article
  • Applications Open for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy on April 27, 2020

    As part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the federal government introduced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “CEWS”), designed to assist employers in continuing… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Superior Court of Justice Issues Emergency Injunction in Long-Term Care Sector at Request of Nurses’ Union

    A major characteristic of the global COVID-19 pandemic has been the occupational health and safety-related concerns that it has raised for those working in the… Read Complete Article
  • Emergency Order Providing Work Restrictions on Congregate Care Settings Takes Effect Thursday, April 30, 2020

    On April 24, 2020, as part of the Ontario government’s enhanced action plan, an emergency order was passed by the Ontario legislature – Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Issues Emergency Order to Support Hospitals in Assisting Long-Term Care Homes

    As the COVID-19 outbreak continues in Ontario, it has become increasingly clear that those living and working in long-term care homes are likely at a… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Announces Temporary Pandemic Pay to Support Frontline Workers Fighting COVID-19

    The Ontario government has announced that it will be providing frontline workers with temporary pandemic pay, in recognition of their dedication, long hours and increased… Read Complete Article
  • Government of Ontario Introduces Phased Plan to Reopen the Province

    Recently, the Ontario Minister of Health announced that Ontario has reached the anticipated peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following this announcement, on April 27, 2020,… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Releases Specific Workplace Safety Guidelines in Preparation for Gradual Provincial Reopening

    On April 30, 2020, in preparation for the eventual gradual re-opening of the province in accordance with its recently announced A… Read Complete Article
  • Participating Nursing Homes and ONA – Expedited COVID-19 Policy Grievance: Right to PPE Not Completely Unfettered

    The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently issued a mandatory injunction ordering four separate long-term care homes in and around the GTA to comply with… Read Complete Article
  • New Government Website for Temporary Pandemic Pay: Some Clarifications and More Information to Come

    On May 6, 2020, the Ontario government unveiled its new website: COVID-19: Temporary pandemic pay. The website, in addition to containing… Read Complete Article
  • Federal Government Introduces New Process to Return Temporary Foreign Workers to Work Quickly

    On May 12, 2020, the Federal government introduced a new temporary process that will allow temporary foreign workers to get back to work quickly after… Read Complete Article
  • Federal Government Clarifies Interaction Between CERB and SUB Plans

    The Federal government has updated its Q&A Page on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”), confirming that registered Supplemental Unemployment Benefit… Read Complete Article
  • Emergency Order Allows Ontario Government to Manage Long-Term Care Homes

    The Ontario government has taken numerous actions to address the unique risk facing long-term care homes trying to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. These actions, which… Read Complete Article
  • Annual Meetings of Federal Corporations During the COVID-19 Outbreak

    Under the Canada Business Corporations Act and the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, federally incorporated businesses and not-for-profit corporations are required to hold an annual general… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen

    On March 17, 2020, the Ontario government declared a provincial state of emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), which provides the… Read Complete Article
  • Arbitrator finds full-time employees are only entitled to paid sick leave if they are symptomatic or tested positive for COVID-19

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our workplaces, many unionized employers may have been questioning whether employees who are quarantined (self-isolating) but who are… Read Complete Article
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Consultation and Changes

    The Federal government launched a Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “CEWS”) Consultation on May 25, 2020, asking for input from businesses, labour representatives, not-for-profits, and… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario makes important changes to ESA rules related to temporary layoffs and constructive dismissals

    On May 29, 2020, the Ontario government filed Regulation 228/20 – Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“Regulation”) under the Employment Standards Act,… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Announces Regional Approach to Stage 2 Reopening

    As initially detailed in our earlier Focus Alert, Ontario will reopen in accordance with the three-stage approach detailed in the provincial… Read Complete Article
  • Federal Government Temporarily Extends Timelines for Layoffs under the Canada Labour Code

    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada, federally regulated private sector employers who have had to temporarily layoff employees have been facing the… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Announces Beginning of Stage 3 of Provincial Reopening

    On May 19, 2020, Ontario officially entered Phase 2 (Restart Phase) of the gradual and phased reopening process detailed in its Read Complete Article
  • Government Extends COVID-19 Leave Available Under the Canada Labour Code by up to 8 Weeks

    In a previous Focus Alert, we discussed the creation and implementation of the temporary new “Leave Related to COVID-19” (or “COVID-19… Read Complete Article
  • Canadian Government Proposes Significant Changes to Emergency Wage Subsidy in Bill C-20

    Since its initial launch in the spring, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (or “CEWS”) – a temporary program intended to protect jobs by helping employers… Read Complete Article
  • Coming into Force of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020: What This Means for Employers

    In Ontario, a declaration of emergency made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”), as well as any emergency orders adopted under the… Read Complete Article
  • An Act Respecting further COVID-19 Measures Receives Royal Assent: What This Means for the CEWS

    On July 27, 2020, An Act Respecting further COVID-19 Measures (also referred to as Bill C-20, or the “Act”) received Royal Assent. Bill C-20, which… Read Complete Article
  • Arbitrator Upholds Hospital’s Objection to Qualification of Occupational Hygiene Expert in Field of COVID-19 Infectious Disease Transmission

    Since the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario health care sector unions have raised occupational health and safety-related concerns particularly with regard to the… Read Complete Article
  • Back to School 2020: How Employers Can Address the Expected Surge in Requests for Accommodation on the Grounds of Family Status

    Recently, the Ontario government announced its COVID-19: Reopening Schools plan for the fall of 2020. For elementary schools (Kindergarten to Grade… Read Complete Article
  • Federal Government Announces Details of Winding Down of CERB Program

    On August 20, 2020, the Federal government released the details of the anticipated winding down of the temporary Canada Emergency Response Benefit (or “CERB”) program…. Read Complete Article
  • FAQ: Return to School and Requests for Accommodation on the Grounds of Family Status in the Workplace

    Employers can expect that many parents whose children will be engaged in remote learning this coming school year, either on a part-time or full-time basis,… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Extends COVID-19 Period re Temporary Layoffs to January 2, 2021

    As Focus readers may recall, as detailed in our earlier Focus Alert, the Ontario government filed Regulation 228/20 under the Employment… Read Complete Article
  • New Mandatory Screening for Employees and Essential Visitors in Ontario Workplaces

    As part of increased measures to help stop the surge of COVID-19 cases, the Government of Ontario amended O. Reg 364/20:… Read Complete Article
  • Canada Recovery Benefits Legislation Receives Royal Assent

    Focus readers will recall that, in late August, the Federal Government announced its intention to introduce legislation that would support the creation and implementation of… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Reverts to Modified Stage 2 Restrictions for Ottawa, Toronto and Peel Region

    On October 9, 2020, the Ontario government announced additional targeted public health measures in the Ottawa, Toronto and Peel public health unit regions. These modified… Read Complete Article

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