COVID-19 and The Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Blog Post
March 31, 2020
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Nelligan Law gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Melanie Sutton, Student-at-law, in writing this blog post. During this unprecedented pandemic, many Canadians are facing economic challenges as a result of requiring unpaid time off work to care for their children or to self-isolate/quarantine. Many Canadians have been laid off or have lost their job. On March… Read more »

Pregnancy and Parental Leave during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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March 30, 2020
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During this unprecedented pandemic, many Canadians are facing reduced hours, lay-offs, and even job loss. Nelligan Law gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Melanie Sutton, Student-at-law, in writing this blog post. On March 25, 2020, the federal government announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This program is intended to provide $2,000 per month for up… Read more »

The WSIB’s Approach to Adjudicating COVID-19 Claims

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March 27, 2020
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At this time, the WSIB is not allowing claims for workers who are symptom free, even if they are quarantined or sent home, as a precaution against potentially infecting their coworkers. This may however change, should the worker become symptomatic while in quarantine, and could entitle the worker to benefits and services. In assessing the… Read more »

Cancelling contracts and obligations – is COVID-19 a “Force Majeure” situation?

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March 20, 2020
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With the COVID-19 pandemic and preventive measures being implemented by Canadian authorities, many are are worried about how contracts and obligations will be impacted. For the March break, I had booked day camps for my kids. With the current situation, and before the Ontario government declared a state of emergency, I called to cancel their… Read more »

Work-Sharing Benefits – an Alternative to Lay-offs

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March 19, 2020
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With COVID-19’s financial impact on business, the federal government has recently put in special measures to the Work-Sharing Benefit Program. If you are considering reducing your staff, instead of laying them off all together, check out the following blog and contact one of our lawyers to develop a plan tailored to your business. What are… Read more »

Individual Employees Not Liable To Each Other For Bad Faith

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March 18, 2020
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For over twenty years, employers in Canada have been liable to their employees for acting in bad faith in the manner of dismissal.  Unless the employer happens to be a sole proprietorship, though, the actions of the “employer” must be implemented by individual people. In a recent decision, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that a… Read more »

COVID-19 and Possible Effects on Construction Schedules for New Homes

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March 17, 2020
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Tarion has recently released important guidelines and rules for builders to notify their purchasers if they will not make their Critical Dates due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, which is a named event of “Unavoidable Delay”. You can download these documents below, or visit the Tarion website for more information. Tarion COVID-19 Infosheet for Builders… Read more »

COVID-19 and the workplace: Sick benefits, EI, Accommodation, Lay-offs and everything in between

Blog Post
March 16, 2020
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This blog was updated on March 16th to reflect the ongoing developments of COVID-19. As COVID-19 hits Ottawa, employees and employers need to understand their rights and obligations. Below we have broken down some commonly asked questions regarding employee and employer rights and obligations. Listen to Jill Lewis’ March 16th interview on CBC Ottawa Morning… Read more »