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Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 2:00 PM

Canada to help employers with pension and deferred leave plans Bill_Morneau_sm

As part of its economic response to the ongoing pandemic, the federal government is aiming to temporarily relax some rules in order to help employers keep their obligations when it comes to workers’ pension plans and deferred salary leave. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 1:48 PM

Stewart McKelvey managing partner named fellow of College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Stewart McKelvey announced that Rebecca Saturley, managing partner at its Halifax office, has been named a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (CLEL). ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 4:16 PM

Federal government extending small business rent relief program

Canada’s government has extended its rent relief program for small businesses by a month. On June 30, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program will be extended to cover July. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 12:15 PM

Ontario ombudsman report highlights ‘appalling’ jail conditions, COVID-19 complaints Paul Dubé sm

Hailing the past 12 months as a “year like no other,” the Ontario ombudsman has released a fiscal 2019-20 report that highlights, among other things, his office’s handling of more than 800 COVID-19-related complaints and inquiries, about 600 Landlord and Tenant Board complaints and a record number of complaints about Ontario correctional facilities — more than 6,000. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 2:23 PM

Major upgrade, toughening of Quebec personal privacy law Bigheadspying

The Civil Code of Quebec, in a chapter titled “Respect of reputation and privacy” (Articles 35-40) sets forth the basic provisions protecting the right to the respect of a person’s reputation and privacy and prohibiting invasions thereof other than accordance with the law.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 1:15 PM

COVID-19 and U.S./Canadian border: Not all bad news border_lineup_sm

The U.S./Canadian border closed on March 19 of this year for the first time since 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While essential workers, including those in the health-care industry are still allowed to cross, the nearly 200,000 people who cross on a daily basis for both recreation and tourism purposes have had this important lifeline cut off. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

Tips for safe, legal videoconferencing Maskwearingcomputeruser.jpg

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, we now have no better alternative to videoconferencing. It has essentially become the new default for meetings, but this has brought about a very serious question as to whether Zoom or other videoconferences are safe for lawyers, doctors, government organizations and others to use.  ... [read more]

Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 3:14 PM

Workplace bullying: The other epidemic Handsonwoman

During and following the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a critical need for employers to be even more vigilant regarding their occupational health and safety responsibilities. For the past few months, workplace bullies and harassers have been methodically developing new and sophisticated tactics to virtually and digitally eliminate their target from the workplace. ... [read more]

Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 3:09 PM

Termination provisions: A whole new dimension head_questionmarks_sm

The issue of enforceability of a termination provision is one of the most frequently litigated areas of employment law. The enforceability of such provisions turns on their wording, the purpose and language of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), and jurisprudence on interpreting employment agreements, which continues to vacillate. ... [read more]

Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 1:26 PM

Forcing Uber driver into international arbitration unfair: SCC Lior_Samfiru_sm

Workers’ rights mean nothing “if there is no mechanism to enforce those rights,” says a lawyer following the Supreme Court deciding an Uber driver cannot be forced by the company to take his dispute with it to costly arbitration in another country because the hiring contract’s clause requiring this is unfair and, thus, invalid. ... [read more]