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

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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 »

Whoops!  How to Repay a CERB Mistakenly Received

Blog Post
May 14, 2020
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Did you apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) only to later realize that you did not qualify?  This blog discusses how to promptly act to correct this error. The Canadian government has made it easy to repay the CERB.  Individuals who realize they have received the CERB in error are strongly encouraged to… Read more »

Working Remotely and the Exacerbation of Toxic Workplaces

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May 5, 2020
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Throughout this pandemic, employers and employees alike have been challenged to adapt and find creative ways to meet workplace demands. For some individuals, this shift may have heightened already existing issues in the workplace. Employers and employees must be able to identify when heightened anxiety, frustration and challenges within a team amounts to a toxic… Read more »

Force Majeure and Real Estate Transactions

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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

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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 »

Is the Court still hearing family law cases during the pandemic?

Blog Post
April 14, 2020
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Please note the court system’s response to COVID-19 is continuing to evolve. The information in this blog post is current as of April 14, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many parts of our society to be put “on hold” indefinitely. Our court system is no exception; like other institutions, its operations have been dramatically… Read more »