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COVID-19 Legal Resource Page

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on all aspects of our working lives. Employees had many questions about their workplace rights and entitlements, and our blog posts helped provide some answers.

Now, as businesses across Canada are now slowly reopening, employees have new questions about their rights and entitlements. We can help you find the answers as we enter the first phases of returning to the workplace. We’ll be continuing to publish posts on the topics you need to know about as Ontario continues through its phases of reopening.

Please note that these blog posts are for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. Since the law relating to employee rights and benefits is rapidly changing as a result of the pandemic, we will work to keep this information up to date.

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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

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

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

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

Webinar – Reopening Ontario: Issues for Workers and Unions

This webinar examined the issues unions and employees should be thinking about as Ontario workplaces gradually reopen.

June 17, 2020
Jean-Michel Corbeil Kelly Doctor Kiran Kang Simran Prihar Daniel Sheppard

Emergency orders under the Quarantine Act: What everyone should know

The Quarantine Act sets out rules related to preventing the spread of communicable diseases, including measures that occur at Canada’s borders and other points of entry. Here is what you need to know. [Updated to June 15, 2020]

June 16, 2020