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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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CERB and EI: What programs can I apply for?

Clio Godkewitsch will help you understand and navigate federal income supports that are available if you aren’t able to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 16, 2020
Clio Godkewitsch

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

Healthcare workers’ rights to PPE enhanced under Ontario Directive #5

Simran Prihar takes us through the hard-fought changes to Ontario’s Directive #5 to improve COVID-19 protections for workers in hospitals and long-term care homes.

October 13, 2020
Simran Prihar

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

What are my workplace rights as a parent when schools reopen?

As schools reopen, many parents have concerns about the safety of their children, family members and themselves. Kelly Doctor examines why parents may need workplace accommodation when their children are back in school.

August 27, 2020
Kelly Doctor

What is the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and how does it work?

On April 11, the Government of Canada expanded the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Simon Archer explains what the CEWS is and how it works. [Updated to July 27, 2020]

July 27, 2020
Simon Archer