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Category: COVID-19 Blog

What Emergency Powers Do Governments Have to Respond to COVID-19?

Dan Sheppard’s memo on the emergency powers used to respond to COVID-19 has been updated to June 10, 2021.

June 10, 2021
Daniel Sheppard

Webinar: COVID case law update

In this webinar, Simran Prihar, Ryan Newell, and Gabe Hoogers reviewed the latest workplace law cases involving COVID-19.

May 27, 2021
Simran Prihar Ryan Newell Gabriel Hoogers

Arbitrator: Arbitration not suspended by COVID emergency powers

In a recent win for healthcare workers, a labour arbitrator determined that she had jurisdiction to hear a grievance regarding the exclusion of nurse externs from the bargaining unit. A hospital could not rely on a COVID-19 emergency powers regulation to prevent the hearing from going forward.

May 26, 2021
Mark Wright Willow Petersen

Everything you need to know about Ontario’s new paid sick leave

After months of pressure, Ontario has enacted a new (limited) form of paid sick leave tied to COVID-19. Who qualifies? How do you access it? This post tells you everything you need to know about Ontario’s new paid sick leave.

April 30, 2021
Daniel Sheppard

Protecting whistleblowers in the public service

If public servants witness a wrongdoing in the public service, they have options. Gabe Hoogers examines how the law aims to protect whistleblowers.

April 21, 2021
Gabriel Hoogers

Can I provide child care for my grandkids during the stay-at-home order?

With more and more grandparents getting vaccinated, new options may be available for child care as grandparents begin to feel safer about helping out. But the stay-at-home rules continue to ban indoor social gatherings. Kelly Doctor explains how child care fits into the current rules.

April 19, 2021
Kelly Doctor

Can I claim my home office expenses on my tax return?

Now that our homes have become our offices, many employees have questions about claiming home office expenses on their tax returns. Melanie Anderson tells you what you need to know to claim work-related expenses.

January 29, 2021
Melanie Anderson

Webinar – COVID Update 2021

In this webinar, we provided a COVID update and addressed some new COVID-related legal issues.

January 29, 2021
Simon Archer Colleen Bauman Kelly Doctor Kirsten Mercer Daniel Sheppard

Ontario Today: Government says stay home. Boss says come in. Now what?

Dan Sheppard appeared on Ontario Today to answer questions from individuals across Ontario who are struggling with the new COVID rules and how they are to be applied in the workplace. Listen here!

January 21, 2021
Daniel Sheppard

Can my employer force me to take a COVID-19 vaccine?

The development of vaccines for COVID-19 has raised many questions about whether employers can require their employees to get vaccinated. Colleen Bauman discusses how an employer’s vaccination policy must balance the public health risk against the impact of the policy on an employee’s bodily integrity, privacy rights and economic interests.

January 11, 2021
Colleen Bauman