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Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 2:52 PM

Nomad visas and economic resurgence: Lessons from Estonia | Christiana Sagay

Undoubtedly the COVID-19 pandemic has come at a great human and economic cost while also creating an immigration shortfall — a dip in the admission of economic migrants. With the spread of the virus, while applications for permanent residency were still accepted, the ability to review the applications was significantly skewed, as applications of Canadians returning to the country, vulnerable groups and people performing or supporting essential services took precedence. In addition to the processing lapse, admission of landed migrants into Canada was put on hold from March 16, 2020, creating a 30 per cent decline in economic migrants in March alone. ... [read more]

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 11:14 AM

Return to work survey gauges employers’ concerns runningupstairs

In May 2020, Littler published its Littler COVID-19 Return to Work Survey Report, which summarizes and analyzes data from more than 1,000 in-house lawyers, HR professionals and C-suite executives, completed via an online survey tool from May 5-14, 2020. The report gauged employers’ concerns and strategies in reintroducing employees to the workplace in the wake of COVID-19.  ... [read more]

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 9:11 AM

Remote hearings, examination of witnesses: Best practices online_courtroom_sm

With the adoption of remote hearings by the courts in this pandemic, concern has been expressed as to due process issues, particularly regarding the remote examination of witnesses. In the seminal case of Arconti v. Smith 2020 ONSC 2782 for example, the plaintiffs objected to the remote examination for discovery of a defendant because “the plaintiffs do not trust the defendants not to engage in sleight of hand to abuse the process,” among other reasons. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 3:31 PM

Trudeau to help law students find internships, but stays firm on Meng Justin_Trudeau_sm

Extended opportunities for out-of-work students — including those studying law — and stronger language on why Canada cannot give in to Chinese demands to release Meng Wanzhou were featured in Prime Minister Justice Trudeau’s latest address to the nation. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 12:17 PM

B.C. begins next phase of safe restart plan

British Columbia is taking the next step in its restart plan with a gradual transition to Phase 3, including the “safe and respectful” return of travel and tourism within the province. “Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of British Columbians, and under the guidance of the provincial health officer, we are now entering Phase 3 of our four-phase restart plan,” Premier John Horgan said June 24. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 4:13 PM

Feds publish regulations to prevent workplace harassment, violence

The federal government has published new regulations outlining the “essential elements” federally regulated workplaces should have as part of their policies to prevent harassment and violence against employees. According to a June 24 news release, Minister of Labour Filomena Tassi unveiled the Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations, which is an “important step toward a strengthened federal framework that protects workers, while also supporting employers.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 3:21 PM

Working from home during COVID-19: Allowances and reimbursements Cutting tax

In the first instalment of this series, we outlined the criteria employees must meet in order to claim a tax deduction for home office expenses incurred while working remotely. In this instalment, we discuss the alternative options of allowances and reimbursements for home office expenses. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 2:11 PM

Justice and the pandemic: Pushing for modernization canada_COVID-sm

As Ontario Superior Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz sees it, Canada’s poor ranking in the Enforcing Contracts indicator found in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 study is but one measure by which the effectiveness of our courts should be gauged. The study, which tracks the time and cost for resolving a commercial dispute through a local first-instance court and the extent to which nations have adopted practices that promote quality and efficiency in the court system, ranked Canada a lowly 100 of the 190 nations surveyed. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 11:45 AM

Ontario extends declaration of emergency to July 15

In consultation with the chief medical officer of health, the Ontario government announced that it has extended the provincial Declaration of Emergency under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 15, 2020. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 8:51 AM

Ethics during the pandemic: Avoiding Faustian bargain | Joël Roy

As trial attorneys, to say our professional (and, often, personal) lives have been turned upside down by COVID-19 would be a major understatement. Postponed trials, anxious clients and a growing sense of helplessness have surely marked our practices in these troubled times. Yet, many of us see the justice system’s increased openness to technology as one potential silver lining. Indeed, courts now seem more and more willing to engage in remote hearings, virtual discovery and e-filing, which is truly something to celebrate amidst the otherwise chaotic state of litigation across the country. ... [read more]