Search Site

Articles

Welcome to BT Legal's centre for articles and information related to Covid-19 from a legal perspective.
BT Legal Logo
Buying or Selling a Business in Ontario? Don’t Forget About the Employees
October 15, 2021

During any business acquisition, lawyers routinely advise clients on the relevant legal, tax, and business considerations

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Bonus Termination Provisions Can Be Enforceable Against Employees Even When Employees Do Not Read Them
November 3, 2021

Over the past several years, there have been a wave of decisions from the courts which make it increasingly more difficult for employers to remove employees’ entitlements...

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Ontario Court of Appeal Takes a Strong Stance on Workplace Harassment
November 3, 2021

In Hucsko v. A.O. Smith Enterprises Limited, 2021 ONCA 728, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the for cause termination of an employee who had sexually harassed a co-worker.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
ONTARIO EXTENDS ESA COVID-19 PERIODS IDEL COVID-19 Period Extended Again until January 1, 2022
September 20, 2021

The Ontario Government has once again extended the application of O.Reg 228/20, Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL Regulation” or “Regulation”) until January 1, 2022.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Returning to Work: A Guide for Employers
June 21, 2021

As of June 11, Ontario has moved into “Step 1” of the provincial government’s reopening plan. As we move out of lockdown and toward reopening, employers should be aware of some constraints on whether and how they are allowed to operate their businesses, as well as what they are able to ask of their employees.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Good News for Employers: IDEL COVID-19 Period Extended and Court Finds Placing Employee on IDEL was not a Constructive Dismissal
June 10, 2021

Ontario employers will welcome two recent developments pertaining to an employer’s ability to manage its workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Withholding Contractual Entitlements Upon Termination Pending a Signed Release Can Repudiate the Employment Agreement
May 18, 2021

The Ontario courts continue to scrutinize both the drafting and application of termination provisions by employers.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Unliterally Placing an Employee on an Infectious Disease Emergency Leave can be a Constructive Dismissal at Common Law
April 30, 2021

An Ontario Court has now confirmed that unilaterally placing an employee on an Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”) can amount to a constructive dismissal at common law.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
COVID-19 can Favour an Enhanced Notice Period, but only with Supporting Evidence
April 30, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, much has been written about the impact of COVID-19 on the reasonable notice period. Many have asserted that it is more difficult for a terminated employee to find new employment during the pandemic, and that as a result, they should be entitled to an enhanced reasonable notice period.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
The Courts’ Role in Ensuring COVID-19 Lockdown Restrictions Minimally Impair Constitutionally Protected Rights
January 3, 2021

In December of 2020, Brauti Thorning’s Michael Lacy, Lawrence Gridin and Alex Alton brought an application for interlocutory injunction on behalf of the Toronto International Celebration Church seeking an exemption from the government restriction on religious worship during the grey-lockdown, which prohibited church gatherings of more than 10 people regardless of the size of the place of worship.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Employment Update - Minimum Wage Increases, COVID Screening, CEWS Extended, and Increases to EI
October 2, 2020

The past two weeks saw four important legislative developments that will affect employers and employees throughout Ontario from the Governments of Canada and Ontario.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Covid-19 Update - ESA Layoffs Suspended and New Response Benefits Introduced

Over the past week, two major changes occurred concerning the COVID-19 response from the Governments of Canada and Ontario.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Updates to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the End of Ontario’s Declared Emergency

Over the past week, two major changes occurred concerning the COVID-19 response from the Governments of Canada and Ontario.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Ontario Employment Contract Termination Provisions Under More Scrutiny to Protect Employee’s Interests

Employers may now need to revise and re-write their employment contracts to ensure enforceability. 

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Updates on Canada and Ontario’s COVID-19 Responses

As businesses reopen across Ontario, both the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario continue to adjust their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following update summarizes the current state of these initiatives as of July 5, 2020. We will continue to provide periodic summaries of these programs as major developments occur. 

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Changes to Layoffs and Constructive Dismissals During COVID -19
June 1, 2020

Late Friday afternoon, the government of Ontario enacted Regulation 228/20 (the “Regulation”). The Regulation applies only to non-unionized employees and, among other things, modifies the layoff and constructive dismissal sections of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). It will have far-reaching effects for employers and employees during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Returning Employees to Work Post-COVID
May 19, 2020

As the spread of COVID-19 slows down, the Ontario government is gradually beginning to permit workplaces to re-open. With the COVID-19 crisis being far from over, employers are grappling with a new set of challenges as they begin re-introducing employees to the workplace. We have highlighted key considerations for employers as they prepare to re-open.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
COVID-19 and the Ontario Human Rights Code
May 19, 2020

As employers across Ontario take steps to adapt to the significant disruptions COVID-19 has caused to normal work-life, it is important that they do not forget about their obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”).

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Bulletin Letter April 29
April 29, 2020

BT Legal's Covid-19 Bulletin Updated to April 29, 2020.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Employment Insurance Work-Sharing Benefits During COVID-19
April 24, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, employers continue to grapple with difficult staffing decisions that come with a slowdown in business. The Federal Work-Sharing program (“Program”), which is designed specifically for the types of circumstances that COVID-19 has created, offers a potential solution for employers.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Bulletin Letter - April 23
April 23, 2020

BT Legal's Covid-19 Bulletin Updated to April 23, 2020.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Bulletin Letter - April 14
April 14, 2020

BT Legal's Covid-19 Bulletin Updated to April 14, 2020.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Personal Liability of Directors During COVID-19
April 14, 2020

The federal government has launched a number of initiatives in the past few weeks aimed at helping businesses weather the economic effects of COVID-19. While these initiatives offer short-term solutions, companies will still be required to pay most of the amounts currently being loaned or deferred. 

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Updates and Revisions to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
April 14, 2020

On April 11, 2020, Parliament debated and passed into law the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2, which implements the federal government’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”). The CEWS that ultimately passed was different than that announced by the federal government on March 27, 2020. 

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Bulletin Letter - April 6
April 6, 2020

BT Legal's Covid-19 Bulletin Updated to April 6, 2020.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Canada Emergency Response Benefit Update and FAQ
April 6, 2020

As of April, 6, 2020, workers can apply for the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”). The following update sets out what CERB is, how employees can apply, and how it may affect the federal government’s other employment benefit initiatives, such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Updates on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
April 2, 2020

The Government of Canada has released details on its Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”). CEWS is a 75% wage subsidy being offered to all businesses that have lost 30% of their revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
COVID-19’s Effect on Reasonable Notice of Termination
March 31 2020

Businesses across Ontario are struggling as the effects of COVID-19 become ever more acute. Governments have ordered certain businesses to close and still more are shutting down as a result of the sharp economic decline. In response, many employers have begun widespread and potentially long-lasting layoffs.

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Bulletin Letter
March 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the economy and the legal landscape on an hourly basis. Businesses are being forced to respond just as quickly. Many decisions made today will affect a business’s survival tomorrow. We understand that staying up to date and navigating your business’s legal obligations is not just more important than ever before, but also more difficult. We are committed to helping you work through these unprecedented times. 

Read Article | PDF Version

BT Legal Logo
Are Layoffs The Right Response To Covid-19?
March 25, 2020

Businesses across Ontario are struggling as the effects of COVID-19 become ever more acute. Governments have ordered certain businesses to close and still more are shutting down as a result of the sharp economic decline. In response, many employers have begun widespread and potentially long-lasting layoffs.

Read Article | PDF Version