How the Infections Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”) may leave vulnerable Employees behind

Blog Post
October 21, 2020
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On September 3, 2020, the province unassumingly extended the IDEL, which was supposed to end on September 4, 2020. Although the province framed the purpose of the leave as protecting employees, it has had the opposite effect. Recap In May 2020, the provincial government changed certain Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) rules to “protect” employees through… Read more »

Layoffs turning into terminations on September 4? Not necessarily. Important change to the layoff period:

Blog Post
September 4, 2020
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COVID-19 hit the province in and around March 16, 2020. As a result, many businesses were forced to temporarily layoff their employees. typically, an employer can only layoff and employee if it is directly permitted in your employment contract or implied as part of industry standards. As such, some employees started treating these layoffs as… Read more »

Transitioning from the CERB to the EI system—what happens once the CERB stops?

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August 25, 2020
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As the summer comes to an end, so too will many Canadians’ CERB payments. After October 30, 2020, Canadians will no longer have access to the CERB.  In an attempt to transition Canadians from the CERB to a simplified Employment Insurance program, the Federal Government has made changes effective September 27, 2020. They have also… Read more »

COVID-19 and the future of travel insurance: what to consider before booking your next trip

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August 11, 2020
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On March 13, 2020, the Government of Canada imposed a global travel advisory on all non-essential travel abroad to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. While international and inter-provincial borders closed almost immediately, lockdown restrictions are now beginning to ease and some of these borders are opening. Canadians can now travel to Quebec, Ontario,… Read more »

COVID-19 and the Return to Work – WEBINAR

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June 27, 2020
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Watch as employment lawyers Malini Vijaykumar and Karine Dion explore questions for employees and employers as Ontario businesses navigate the phased reopening of businesses. Please note the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly and information in this video reflects the date of publication (June 25th 2020). Visit our COVID-19 Resources Knowledge Centre for blogs, articles, and information.

Human Rights and Safety during COVID-19

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June 10, 2020
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Many employees are now facing circumstances in their personal lives affecting their ability to work or to perform their job to the expected standard. Nelligan Law gratefully acknowledges the law of Melanie Sutton, Student-at-Law, in writing this blog post.  Ontario’s Human Rights Code (the Code) protects employees’ rights by prohibiting discrimination based on numerous protected… Read more »

Ontario enacts new regulation regarding COVID-19 layoffs and wages reductions

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June 4, 2020
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On Friday, May 29, 2020, the Ontario government enacted a new regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). The new regulation grants significantly more flexibility to employers needing to temporarily reorganize their workforces during COVID-19, in an apparent response to protect the solvency of more Ontario businesses. It also aims to safeguard the jobs… Read more »

Use, Misuse and Disputes of a Power of Attorney during a pandemic 

Blog Post
May 19, 2020
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The exceptional circumstances of COVID-19 have raised numerous questions about the care and best interests of loved ones. In particular, the adherence to social distancing guidelines and issues related to COVID-19 outbreaks in long term care facilities have sparked disputes between family members who have differing points of view on the best care for elders… Read more »