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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. 

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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.

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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”).

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Bulletin Letter April 29
April 29, 2020

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

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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.

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Bulletin Letter - April 23
April 23, 2020

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

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Financial Effects of COVID-19 for Separated, Divorced Couples
April 15, 2020

Many separated and divorced couples are dealing with a compounded level of stress due to the lockdown imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bulletin Letter - April 14
April 14, 2020

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

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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. 

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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. 

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Current Pandemic No Reason Not To Honour Parenting Schedules
April 7, 2020

Parents who believe the COVID-19 lockdown provides a legitimate reason to deny an ex-partner visitation rights should think again, as two recent rulings show that parenting schedules in court orders or separation agreements must be honoured unless there is proof children would otherwise be endangered.

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Family Law Litigation and the Impact of COVID-19
April 7, 2020

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the court system has suspended many of the matters that are normally dealt with in the regular course of family law litigation, in efforts to protect the health and safety of court staff, legal practitioners and litigants.

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Bulletin Letter - April 6
April 6, 2020

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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