Human Rights and Safety during COVID-19

Blog Post
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

Blog Post
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 »

Can Your Employer Reduce Your Wages due to COVID-19?

Blog Post
May 25, 2020
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To avoid mass lay-offs, many employers are reducing their employees’ wages without reducing their work hours. If you belong to this group of people, you must be feeling frustrated and confused – you are not alone. Generally, a reduction in your salary could constitute a constructive dismissal. A constructive dismissal is defined as a substantial… Read more »

Can COVID-19 testing be a condition to return to work?

Blog Post
May 21, 2020
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With the prevalence of the virus in our community, many workplaces will be impacted by employees either testing positive for COVID-19 or being a close contact of a confirmed case. Nelligan Law gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Melanie Sutton, Student-at-law, in writing this blog post.  As governments ease restrictions and businesses prepare to re-open, employers… Read more »

Canada’s recently announced student benefit program – how will it work?

Blog Post
May 14, 2020
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Nelligan Law gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Melanie Sutton, student-at-law, in writing this blog post. Over the past month, the federal government has provided financial assistance to many Canadians whose jobs and businesses have been affected by measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. Now they are extending support to students, too. On April 22,… Read more »

Force Majeure and Real Estate Transactions

Blog Post
May 5, 2020
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Closing real estate transactions can be a stressful and lengthy process. With a record-breaking one million jobs lost across Canada in March, these are not the best of times and buyers and sellers may be wondering if it is possible for them to terminate their real estate transaction after the Agreement of Purchase and Sale… Read more »

Establishing a WSIB claim for illness due to COVID-19 exposure

Blog Post
May 1, 2020
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Frontline workers such as first responders, and those who work at pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations etc. require regular contact with the public in general, which may heighten their exposure to COVID-19. This blog aims to highlight how the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) determines entitlement in COVID-19 related claims and what can be… Read more »