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Nervous About COVID-19 and Returning to Work? What Employees Should Know

After months of mass closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, provinces are beginning to allow the reopening of workplaces and various facilities. Many employees are, understandably, concerned about their health…

Racism in the Workplace: Addressing & Combating Discrimination at Work

With ongoing protests and the related public discourse regarding racism and discrimination, many employers are examining their policies and procedures, and determining what actions they can take to combat racism…

3 Things to Know About Ontario’s Infectious Disease Emergency Leave

On May 29, 2020, the Ontario government published O. Reg 228/20: Infectious Diseases Emergency Leave (the “Regulation”), a regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”). The changes under…

I Claimed Constructive Dismissal During COVID-19: Now What?

We have written this blog specifically because many employees have been facing a difficult dilemma in the COVID-19 era. Specifically, should employees accept significant changes to their employment, such as…

Canada Considers Extending Paid Sick Leave in Response to COVID-19

As Canadians continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both the federal and provincial governments have and continue to develop and implement new laws and initiatives aimed at supporting…

Life After Layoffs Pt. 3: 5 Things Employees Should Know Upon Returning to Work

This post is the final part of a three-part series on employment after layoffs due to COVID-19. See part one here, and part two here. As the province continues its…

COVID-19: When a Layoff Becomes a Termination

With a myriad of layoff notices having been issued in March, we expect that a significant number of workers will be soon be recalled to their previous roles. We do…

Top 6 Employer Do’s and Don’ts as the Economy Re-Opens

In advance of the reopening of the economy, careful planning and preparation is important to bring employees back to the workplace. This includes ensuring that we maintain obligations under various…

Life after Layoffs Pt. 2: Top 3 Questions for Employees Returning to the Workplace

This post is the second part of a three-part series on employment after layoffs due to COVID-19. You can see the first part of the series here. Last week, the…