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Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 2:43 PM

Warning to employers: Drug, alcohol abuse soars during COVID-19 drinkingatwork

Virtually every business across the country has been affected by COVID-19 and by the government’s response to the pandemic. Provincial health officers, heretofore largely unknown creatures, have become household names and, in some cases, media darlings. Such is the time when sports figures and celebrities are supplanted for names like Theresa Tam and Anthony Fauci.  ... [read more]

Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 8:39 AM

Canada immigration and COVID-19 during 2020: Part two | Colin Singer

In this, the second of a two-part series, we look at how Canada immigration has been affected by COVID-19 in 2020. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 2:44 PM

Labour law, gig economy: A tale of two countries Gigeconomykeyboard

In early November, California — long regarded as America’s liberal bastion — adopted a ballot measure which exempted gig economy workers such as drivers for Uber and Lyft from being treated as employees under state employment laws. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 1:49 PM

Canada immigration and COVID-19 during 2020: Part one | Colin Singer

The coronavirus pandemic has severely disrupted the Canada immigration system since restrictions were first introduced in March 2020. Canada’s federal government reacted by restricting international travel and closing the Canada-U.S. border, with most of the measures taken still in place eight months later and likely to remain into 2021. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Rule of law in era of virtual hearings: Doing justice? | Joseph Groia

Like the rest of the world, the legal profession has spent the last eight months isolating or socially distancing and implementing countless other changes. As a result, the way in which the legal system operates has undergone a significant shift. A fundamental part of this shift, and the main subject of this small note, is the move to videoconferencing technology, such as Zoom or WebEx, now widely used as a substitute for in-person meetings. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 3:36 PM

Witmer reappointed as chair of WISB board

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced on Nov. 25 that Elizabeth Witmer has been reappointed for a fourth term as chair of the board of directors. First appointed in 2012, Witmer will continue to serve as chair through Dec. 31, 2021. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 10:35 AM

New Alberta COVID-19 restrictions include ban on indoor social gatherings, closed schools

Alberta has declared a public health emergency and brought in new restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province. “We are taking strong, targeted new measures to protect both lives and livelihoods and bend the COVID-19 curve back down,” Premier Jason Kenney said. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 9:53 AM

B.C. extends state of emergency, introduces mask enforcement measures B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth

British Columbia has formally extended its state of emergency and has aligned the province’s measures under the Emergency Program Act with the provincial health officer (PHO)’s guidance that masks must be worn in indoor public places. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 2:01 PM

Ocean Nutrition constructive dismissal case sends warning to employers Dividingsectionsofacircle

At common law, the general rule is that an employer can dismiss an employee without cause or prompt him to leave. However, the employer is strictly required to provide reasonable notice or compensation in the form of an indemnity in lieu of. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 11:58 AM

Feds urged to establish law commission on sentencing reform headspinning.jpg

Using his cane, Peter Brooks bludgeoned a paralyzed care home resident to death as she slept in bed. He was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 10 years (R. v. Brooks 2017 ONSC 439). ... [read more]