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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions, penalties COVID-19_ban_sm

Since it was first announced that Canada would be closing its borders to limit the spread of COVID-19, the specifics of these travel restrictions have shifted on a daily basis. This uncertainty has caused travellers and businesses, particularly those with a presence in the U.S., to have to scramble over the last two weeks to understand how travel plans would have to change over the coming months. Adding to the confusion, separate restrictions have been put into place for air travel and land-based travel, as well as for travellers from the U.S. compared to other countries. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Access to Justice: Justice in the time of social distancing | Beverley McLachlin

The COVID-19 virus has changed our world. It is unprecedented, impacting every aspect of our daily lives, keeping us apart from each other and shutting down most of our conventional ways of interacting in society, save for essential services. ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 2:33 PM

PM warns employers will face ‘serious consequences’ if 75% COVID-19 wage subsidies misused Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Ottawa’s up to 75 per cent wage subsidy for workers of enterprises hit by COVID-19 will be available to large businesses, as well as small-and-medium-sized businesses, along with charities and not-for-profit entities, whose revenues have decreased by at least 30 per cent due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 11:52 AM

Alberta increases security for renters, restricts public gatherings due to COVID-19

The government of Alberta announced that it is bringing in protections for renters and additional restrictions on public gatherings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Employers, use care when disclosing workers’ information during public health crises: expert Eloise_Gratton_sm

Employers can share employees’ health information without consent during a public health emergency but must limit it to only what is necessary in the situation and verify the authenticity of any public authorities requesting such disclosure, says a privacy lawyer. These were just two of a handful of business-related issues discussed during a March 25 webinar by Borden Lander Gervais (BLG), where questions were addressed on how Canadian businesses still open and operational during the COVID-19 pandemic should conduct themselves in the face of a health crisis. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 3:51 PM

Feds announce 75% wage subsidy, $40,000 interest-free loans for business, deferral of import duties Justin Trudeau

Ottawa is offering a 75 per cent wage subsidy to “qualifying” small- and medium-sized businesses as part of new COVID-19 support measures, including a government-guaranteed, interest-free and partially forgivable, $40,000 loan for businesses with payrolls of less than $1 million, and deferral until June 30, 2020, of GST/HST and import duties. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

COVID-19 time for reflection, possible change | Rachel Goldenberg

It is March 2020 and I am currently sitting at my desk in my home office. I have a hot coffee beside me, my husband is working in the next room, and my children are happily and wildly playing around the house. Sounds simply idyllic, right? Not so much. We are all home, not of our own choosing, but because we are self-isolating, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across the world. We are all social distancing, staying home and trying to keep everyone we know and love healthy and safe. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

First Nations health service pensions under provincial jurisdiction, Federal Court of Appeal rules Michael Lynk, Western University faculty of law

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled the pension plans of two First Nations health authorities in Saskatchewan are the responsibility of the province, despite arguments they should be under federal jurisdiction due to obligations on health care made by the Crown in treaties with Indigenous peoples. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

New work from home reality an opportunity for law firms | Andrea Lekushoff

It’s hard to believe how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak has changed our business landscape. The overall tone of public messaging went from cautious to urgent in just a few short weeks. In the midst of all this uncertainty, companies are trying to figure out how to best follow publicly issued guidelines and directives while serving clients and conducting business in as close to their usual way as possible. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:36 PM

B.C. employing ‘extraordinary powers’ to combat COVID-19

The government of British Columbia is using extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the province’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]