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COVID-19 immigration update

February 25, 2021

*Last updated: February 25, 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: 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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The bubble has burst: New restrictions announced for Nova Scotia

November 27, 2020

Katharine Mack After a relatively carefree Atlantic summer, the bubble has officially burst: as COVID-19 cases begin to rise, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have all announced that they will be pulling out of the “Atlantic Bubble” this week. In addition, Premier Stephen McNeil and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr.…

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COVID-19: Federal government announces continuing package of pandemic supports

October 29, 2020

Katharine Mack The federal government has recently announced a series of changes to be made to benefit programs rolled out in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension or expansion of these benefits and support measures will be welcome news for employers and employees alike as they continue to navigate the economic consequences of the…

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