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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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“Won’t somebody please think of the children?”: Family status accommodation for employers during COVID-19

May 15, 2020

Ruth Trask On a typical, “normal” day in many Canadian households, adults leave home to go to work, and kids attend school or perhaps daycare. As we keep hearing, though, these are far from “normal” times. StatsCan reports that some five million Canadians worked from home during April, including 3.3 million who did not work…

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New Brunswick employers returning to the new normal – what’s your plan?

May 13, 2020

Clarence Bennett and Chad Sullivan The May 8, 2020 announcement On Friday, May 8, 2020, the New Brunswick Government made a significant announcement that the province was moving into the second phase of NB’s four phase economic recovery plan – the “Orange Alert Phase” – permitting the reopening of several businesses. With this announcement came…

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Returning to work: COVID-19 and mental health considerations

May 11, 2020

Murray Murphy, QC, CPHR, and Charlotte Jenkins Mental health impacts of COVID-19 The mental health impacts of COVID-19 have been, and will continue to be significant and wide-spread around the world. Individuals are continuously required to adapt their daily lives to reflect the ever-changing public health and government directives. As restrictions began to be implemented…

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More return to work

May 1, 2020

Brian Johnston, QC and Brittany Trafford Governments and employers are strategizing ways to open economies, businesses and services following unprecedented closures around the world.1 In Canada, each Province is taking its own approach and various timelines will apply. For example, while Ontario has not set dates for its plan in the Framework for Reopening our…

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Think: roadmap to recovery – Saskatchewan’s re-open plan is worthy of consideration

April 24, 2020

Rick Dunlop The question on many businesses’ mind is when and what exactly does an end to the COVID-19 lockdown look like. The Economist describes various European government’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions as being done “gradually, cautiously, and with only a hazy idea of what works.” https://www.economist.com/international/2020/04/16/governments-are-starting-to-ease-restrictions. The three questions governments have to tackle is:…

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Did the Government of New Brunswick pave the way for employees to refuse to work during the State of Emergency?

April 20, 2020

Clarence Bennett, James LeMesurier, QC and Kathleen Nash On April 17, 2020, the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick met for a quick sitting during which two new Bills were introduced and received Royal Assent within half an hour, purportedly in response to the current COVID-19 State of Emergency. One of these Bills, Bill 40 –…

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Think: Roadmap to recovery

April 17, 2020

Rebecca Saturley COVID-19 hit us all like a proverbial freight train. In a short period of time we all went from business as usual to the new normal. From social distancing to mass lay-offs to essential businesses figuring out how to stay open, COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of our lives. The past few weeks…

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Taking stock: Quick reference guide for government initiatives

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 measures include: The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) The new Canada…

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Government passes COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2

April 13, 2020

(Updated) Peter McLellan, QC and Katharine Mack In a display of bi-partisanship, on Saturday, April 11 Parliament unanimously passed the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 and it received Royal Assent. In addition to other measures, the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) is now law. The legislation provides significant assistance to eligible Canadian employers during…

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