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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 1:39 PM

Potential issues in Ontario employment law post-COVID-19 Manintie

It is now a truism that the world was blindsided by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also impossible to predict the impact this experience will have on our lives once the crisis ends. Yet it would not be (entirely) a fool’s errand to anticipate the kind of issues the Ontario legislature and the courts would have to grapple with in the area of employment law in Ontario in the near future. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 1:13 PM

Feds plan to suspend, extend federal time limits, extend civil notice periods during pandemic Justice Minister David Lametti

Ottawa says it wants to be fair and flexible during the COVID-19 fallout, and is seeking feedback from the bar until May 29 on draft legislation that would, if enacted: temporarily suspend some key time limits under federal legislation; allow other time limits to be suspended or extended where the circumstances of the pandemic may make compliance difficult or impossible; as well as extend certain other periods so that their expiration does not produce “unfair or undesirable” effects. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 11:55 AM

Legal teamwork helps score $30-million settlement in junior hockey class actions Ted Charney

A recent $30-million settlement in three class action lawsuits involving the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and former players marks the end of a hard-fought, five-year legal battle in three provinces that required close co-operation by three law firms amid a rapidly shifting legislative landscape, said one of the lead lawyers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 11:45 AM

Reimagining privacy in times of COVID-19 CovidCrowdtracking.jpg

Now is a great time for lawyers to reread (or read) Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis’ seminal work, “The Right to Privacy,” published in the Harvard Law Journal in 1890. In what is one of the earliest expositions of privacy as a legal right, the bright Harvard graduates recognized that new technologies of their time infringed the right of an individual to be let alone. Indian lawyer and author Rahul Matthan, in his book Privacy 3.0, gives a fascinating account of how Warren’s personal efforts to protect his brother, a gay man, from public shame and conviction may have catalyzed his co-authoring of the article. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 4:12 PM - Last Updated: Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 5:02 PM

Feds look at 10 days paid sick leave, launch commercial rent relief, financial guidance helpline Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is in talks with the provinces about ensuring every worker has 10 days of paid sick leave so that they won’t be financially pressured to leave home for work when they know or suspect that they have COVID-19. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 2:49 PM

Up to 62 small Canadian businesses can apply for $10K grants to survive downturn

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce on May 25 announced a new program, the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) Small Business Relief Fund, to provide small Canadian businesses from coast to coast to coast with $10,000 grants to help their recovery efforts during these unprecedented times. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 2:39 PM

Canada’s mandatory self-isolation laws: Avoiding penalties quarantine_tape_sm

All travellers entering Canada are subject to the federal Quarantine Act. Under this act, the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2 (the Mandatory Isolation Order) requires travellers to self-isolate for 14 days immediately upon entry to Canada. Compliance is subject to monitoring, verification and enforcement. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 8:51 AM

Leading the way forward: Modernizing access to justice | Colin Stevenson

The winds of change have been blowing hard lately, but the saying “it’s an ill wind that blows no good” suggests that even something as thoroughly devastating and unwelcome as the COVID-19 pandemic can hopefully facilitate some positive change in the justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 2:18 PM

Ottawa launches online benefits finder tool to cope with COVID-19 crisis

The federal government on May 22 announced a web-based benefits finder tool, “Find financial help during COVID-19” to help people living in Canada determine which government benefits programs best meet their needs. ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

Virtual mediation: Temporary or here to stay? | Stuart Rudner

While the technology has been around for a while, the need for virtual mediation was never as great as it is now. Previously, most litigators scoffed at the notion that a virtual mediation would be a worthwhile endeavour, but at the moment it is the only option and, more importantly, it has proven to be extremely effective. So, is virtual mediation just a temporary solution during these unprecedented times, or a viable alternative to the traditional in-person format? ... [read more]