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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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Webinar: Accommodating workers and their families

With Dan moderating, Kelly, Heather Ann and Mary Elizabeth discussed accommodating workers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Powerpoint available here.

April 17, 2020
Kelly Doctor Heather Ann McConnell Mary-Elizabeth Dill Daniel Sheppard

What are “emergency powers”?

What are we really talking about when we use the terms “state of emergency” and “emergency orders”? What differentiates “emergency powers” from normal government powers? Dan Sheppard take us through the basics.

April 10, 2020
Daniel Sheppard

Pension and Benefits Q&A

Simon Archer and Melanie Anderson answer some of the common questions the administrators of pension and benefit funds might be asking in light of COVID-19.

April 10, 2020
Simon Archer Melanie Anderson

Webinar: Keeping up with COVID-19

In the first of a series of Zoom webinars, Dan Sheppard looked at Keeping Up with COVID-19: An overview of legislative changes and emergency orders affecting workers and unions. Materials available here.

April 9, 2020
Daniel Sheppard Kelly Doctor

Job Loss and COVID-19: Q&A for Federal Workers

Federally-regulated workers across Canada are being impacted by COVID-19, including the thousands of airline workers who have already been laid off. Gabriel Hoogers considers what federally-regulated workers might be asking themselves about their employment rights.

April 8, 2020
Gabriel Hoogers

Personal protective equipment for health care workers in the COVID-19 crisis

One of the most critical health and safety obligations an employer has is to ensure that workers have access to sufficient personal protective equipment. Ryan Newell discusses PPE obligations in the healthcare sector and the principles that should guide employers’ choices.

April 3, 2020
Ryan Newell