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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 12:14 PM

U.S. COVID-19 immigration policies could scuttle vulnerable businesses virus_sinking_business_sm

“Business as usual” is a thing of the past. With borders closed to international travellers, economies reeling from government actions in response to COVID-19, and demand for business services at an all-time low because of the pandemic, business across the U.S.-Canada border has slowed to an unprecedented crawl. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 10:40 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 4:38 PM

COVID-19 relief bill gets royal assent; wage subsidies boosted to $52 billion from $27 billion  Bill Morneau

After hours of negotiations between the Trudeau government and opposition parties, the House of Commons and Senate passed on March 25 (with significant changes from its initial draft form) the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Remote contract review helps lawyers respond to COVID-19 communications_tech_sm

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a widespread and indiscriminate impact on the global economy. Canada is expected to join a growing number of governments mandating closure of non-essential businesses in the coming days. This will push many companies into survival mode. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 1:07 PM

Regulating cryptocurrency exchanges: The courts struggle bitcoin_investing_sm

Cryptocurrency remains, in many ways, a novel asset class. No surprise, then, that courts in many jurisdictions are still trying to figure out how their law applies to the phenomenon. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Making sense of shifting COVID-19 immigration laws | Ravi Jain

Immigration lawyers have been grappling with a flurry of new rules relating to COVID-19. There have been Transport Canada announcements as per the Aeronautics Act, Program Delivery Instructions and “Special Instructions” by Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC), pronouncements by the minister of public safety, the deputy prime minister and even the prime minister. There has been a travel ban and then exceptions to the travel ban. There have been orders-in-council amending earlier versions of the same and also amendments to the Regulations to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 4:27 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Trudeau tells public ‘enough is enough’; Ontario, Quebec announce non-essential workplaces shutdown Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Declaring that “enough is enough,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa is willing to step in with national emergency measures, if needed, should some people continue to ignore the government’s messaging to stay at home, physically distance from others and self-isolate as required. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 1:27 PM

Nova Scotia announces state of emergency, fines for not self-isolating

Nova Scotia has gone hardline in its fight to curb the spread of COVID-19, declaring a provincial state of emergency and threatening to fine those who refuse to practise social distancing. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - Last Updated: Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:40 PM

Lawyers divided over protection provided by new Ontario infectious disease legislation Andrew_Monkhouse_sm

Labour and employment lawyers in Ontario are divided on whether the recently passed Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 goes far enough to protect workers and provide direction for employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 11:14 AM

Employers must be mindful of wrongful dismissal during COVID-19 Maskedworker.jpg

As businesses contemplate their employment needs and costs during COVID-19 and uncertain business interruption, it is important that plans are in place. Under the state of emergency and consistent with the public health directives, it is essential individuals practise social distancing and isolation as much as possible. People are being encouraged to stay home to protect themselves and their families. This message should be supported by business and employers as it is an all-encompassing message. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Governance for charities, not-for-profits: Back to basics documents_corporate_sm

As charities and not-for-profits continue to play an important role in Canadian society, it is important to ensure that they maintain good governance and keep abreast of governance issues that may arise. In general terms, “governance” is the establishment, implementation and monitoring of appropriate rules and policies by an organization’s governing body in order to achieve its purposes. Proper governance requires appropriate structural and operational due diligence and effective decision-making. This article provides a brief overview of some common questions and issues that arise regarding governance for charities and not-for-profits concerning governing documents and bylaws. ... [read more]