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You’re more essential than you think: it is crunch time for Newfoundland and Labrador employers to avail of Essential Worker Support Program

July 9, 2020

Ruth Trask and John Samms Newfoundland and Labrador employers who continued operations this spring during Alert Levels 4 and 5 of the COVID-19 pandemic should take note of a new program offered by the provincial government that may provide extra wage supports. The federal government pledged up to $3 billion in support to increase the…

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COVID-19 immigration update

June 24, 2020

*Last updated: June 24, 2020 (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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Bringing Corporate Governance Online: Can Atlantic Canadian private issuers leverage tech solutions while complying with provincial corporate statutes? Part 2: Electronically-signed share certificates

June 22, 2020

Stephanie Stapleford, Mike Carver, Matthew Craig, Kimberly MacLachlan and Christine Pound Part 2: Electronically-Signed Share Certificates The COVID-19 crisis, and federal, provincial and local government directives for individuals to continue complying with social distancing policies even as measures are gradually relaxing, have forced businesses to re-think traditional corporate governance practices. Questions arise as to whether…

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Temporary lay off timeline extended to 26 weeks from 13… temporarily

June 15, 2020

Twila Reid and John Samms On Friday, June 12, 2020, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced it has extended the time period under section 50 of the Labour Standards Act (“the Act”) that converts a temporary layoff into a permanent termination. The Order doubles the amount of time a person may be considered to…

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Travelling to visit a cottage or summer home in Canada during COVID-19

June 15, 2020

Kathleen Leighton Those who have vacation homes or cottages in Canada may be starting to form their summer plans as temperatures begin to rise. However, the ongoing pandemic has resulted in a host of restrictions limiting travel to Canada, and these rules have been changing rapidly. Many are understandably unclear on whether they are able…

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Taking stock: Quick reference guide for government initiatives

June 5, 2020

*Flowchart below last updated June 2, 2020 (Originally published April 14, 2020) Dante Manna With the passing of Bill C-14, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 on April 11, 2020, the federal government has now laid a legislative foundation for various initiatives to assist employers and employees who are affected by COVID-19. The main…

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Proposed extension of time limits under various legislation may create significant disruption to foreign investments

May 29, 2020

Burtley Francis Recently, the Government published for public comment draft legislation referred to as the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19). The underlying purpose of the draft legislation, which was published on May 20, is to allow various timelines and other review periods under certain existing statutes to be extended or suspended up to…

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Nova Scotia announces plan to re-open economy, new funding

May 27, 2020

Mark Tector and Katharine Mack The province of Nova Scotia announced today that most sectors of the economy may begin to reopen. Provincial grant funding was also announced to help businesses open safely, as well as new infrastructure spending. Re-opening plan Effective June 5, most businesses that were required to close under the Public Health Order…

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The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program: COVID-19 economic response

May 21, 2020

Brian Tabor, QC, Ryan Baker, and Madeleine Coats On April 16, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the beginning of a new piece to the COVID-19 federal economic response package – this time, in the form of the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program (CECRA). Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the government would offer…

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COVID-19 FAQ & Checklist

May 21, 2020

Chad Sullivan and Clarence Bennett As many employers resume operations during the ongoing pandemic, we have prepared a list of FAQs and a reopening checklist for businesses operating in Atlantic Canada. Do employers need to have a written plan for reopening? Some provinces have made it mandatory to develop a COVID-19 operational plan before reopening.…

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