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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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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

I have been laid off in a mass termination. What are my rights?

If you have been laid off in a mass termination, you may be entitled to some form of termination pay. Natai Shelsen discusses your rights under the Employment Standards Act and the common law.

November 9, 2020
Natai Shelsen

No paid sick leave. What do you do?

Dan Sheppard talked to Rita Celli on Ontario Today about the need for employees to have paid sick leave, especially in the middle of a global pandemic.

September 16, 2020
Daniel Sheppard

Returning from pregnancy or parental leave during COVID-19?

UPDATED: Daycares are starting to reopen, but that does not necessarily mean you will be in a position to return to work from a pregnancy or parental leave. Sarah Rostom outlines the job-protected leaves available to employees who cannot return to work from pregnancy or parental leave due to COVID-19.

June 29, 2020
Sarah Rostom

Understanding Ontario’s new Infectious Disease Emergency Leave regulation

If you were laid off due to COVID-19, you may now be on “Infectious Disease Emergency Leave.” Daniel Sheppard explains what this new emergency leave regulation means for you.

June 9, 2020
Daniel Sheppard

What do you need to know to cope with COVID-19 in the workplace?

We’ve prepared a memo addressing some of the most common questions we have been receiving from our clients regarding the many legal issues which are engaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. [Updated to May 19].

May 22, 2020
Char Wiseman