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 »

Commercial leases during the COVID-19 pandemic

Blog Post
April 27, 2020
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These last weeks have been tough for Ottawa’s businesses. The coming weeks hold limited promise of improvement. My February 1st edition of The Economist carried the headline “How Bad Will It Get?”. They’re now at “The Business of Survival”. Watching, in real time, businesses that were thriving in January being severely wounded in March, some with life expectancy expiring in May… Read more »

COVID-19 and The Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Blog Post
April 15, 2020
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Nelligan Law gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Melanie Sutton, Student-at-law, in writing this blog post. This blog was updated April 15th to reflect expanded eligibility for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit announced by the Canadian government. During this unprecedented pandemic, many Canadians are facing economic challenges as a result of requiring unpaid time off work… Read more »