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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…

Maintaining Food Security in COVID-19: Employers & the Agricultural Industry

The Canadian agricultural and food industry relies heavily on foreign labour to ensure the country has a reliable domestic supply of foodstuffs. Specifically, foreign workers have for decades supported Canada’s…

Back to the Workplace After COVID-19: Anticipating & Responding to Work Refusals

This week the Ontario Government announced its three-stage plan for re-opening the economy. Given this announcement and the reality that employers will soon see their workplaces returning to some semblance…

New COVID-19 Management Obligations for Employers of Foreign Workers

While the Government of Canada recognizes the importance of temporary foreign workers to the Canadian labour market, they also recognize that managing COVID-19 (a virus that knows no borders), requires…

Life After Layoffs Pt. 1: Top 3 Rehiring Tips

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the business environment. While some businesses are doing well as a result of the shifting market demand, the harsh reality is that most businesses are suffering…