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COVID-19 immigration update

March 30, 2021

*Last updated: March 30, 2021 (Originally published April 1, 2020) Kathleen Leighton Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various implications for the immigration world, including for those already in Canada, as well as those looking to travel to, or return to Canada, from abroad. In particular, there are travel restrictions in place for land…

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COVID-19 update: St. John’s office reopening to the public March 15

March 12, 2021

In light of the improving COVID-19 situation in Newfoundland and Labrador, our St. John’s office will reopen to the public beginning Monday, March 15. With lockdown restrictions beginning to loosen, we will be reopening at a reduced in-office capacity, as we continue to follow the provincial government guidelines and the advice of health officials. The…

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New COVID-19 travel & quarantine requirements

March 9, 2021

Brendan Sheridan Canada has continually claimed to be one of the countries with the toughest COVID-19 related travel and quarantine requirements. In response to the new COVID-19 variants emerging in the UK and South Africa, the federal government has recently taken steps to make these requirements even stricter. In addition to reemphasizing to Canadian residents…

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COVID-19 update: Effectively immediately, our St. John’s office has implemented its remote work plan

February 14, 2021

In light of the COVID-19 Alert Level 5 in Newfoundland and Labrador announced on Friday, February 12th, our St. John’s office has, once again, implemented its remote work plan. This means our office is physically closed to the public and our lawyers and staff have transitioned to work from home status pending further updates from…

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Business interruption and COVID-19: A UK perspective

January 25, 2021

Daniel MacKenzie and James Galsworthy On January 15, 2021, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court (“Court”) issued a decision which is likely to be viewed as good news for policy holders who have endured business interruption losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the widening denial of business interruption claims under the standard wording…

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Top five employment law issues going into 2021

January 15, 2021

Grant Machum, ICD.D and Mark Tector 2020 was a challenging year for many people and businesses. And while we are all happy to have 2020 in the rearview mirror, we anticipate that there will continue to be challenges going forward, including in employment law. Below are five legal questions we expect employers will have in 2021, along…

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2020 Year in Review: Atlantic Canada Labour & Employment Law Developments

January 11, 2021

2020 brought us all challenges that have been unprecedented in our time. The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted us in ways that were unimaginable. As Atlantic Canada navigated the challenges of changing worlds, and workplaces, a number of important legal developments appeared, that regional employers should be aware of as they plan for the year…

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New pre-boarding COVID-19 testing requirements

January 7, 2021

Kathleen Leighton On December 31, 2020, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced new pre-boarding COVID-19 testing requirements that would be coming into effect in short order. In particular, as of January 6, 2021 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Standard Time all persons are now required to provide evidence that they received a negative result…

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Ongoing flexibility for international students due to COVID-19

December 29, 2020

Included in Discovery: Atlantic Education & the Law – Issue 07 Kathleen Leighton Educational institutions and their students continue to face challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and international students are particularly impacted due to travel restrictions and study permit application processing delays. In our Spring  2020 issue, we discussed some of the…

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Institutional responsibility to prepare for COVID-19 cases on campus

December 23, 2020

Included in Discovery: Atlantic Education & the Law – Issue 07 Kate Jurgens Since returning to class in September amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 global pandemic, students and faculty alike in classrooms, on campus, in residence, and in the workplace have learned to adapt to what has become the “new norm.” It is not…

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