COVID-19 Developments and Legal Updates
We are committed to providing you with the latest COVID-19 regulatory initiatives and government programs, and how these developments can impact you and your business. Our real-time updates in areas such as business, labour & employment, litigation and tax, offer valuable legal insights and summaries that will help inform what you need to do for business continuity, to protect your employees, to meet your contractual and regulatory obligations, and to re-open with the ease of government restrictions.
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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 –…Read More
Burtley G. Francis and David Slipp During this unprecedented period of social isolation and economic uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are rapidly re-structuring their operations and adjusting their practices in order to comply with federal and provincial health and safety directives. However, it is important for businesses (particularly, manufacturers, suppliers, and retail…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
(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…Read More
Richard Jordan On April 8, 2020, the Government of Canada provided employers with further information about – and revisions to – the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program. Last week, the Government of Canada announced: CEWS provides all employers, who see a 30% or more decline in gross revenues since the same time last year,…Read More
The current COVID-19 outbreak presents considerable challenges for all businesses, large and small alike. In recognition of these challenges, the Government of PEI has developed the COVID-19 Business Adaptation Program (the “Program”). The program applies to all PEI businesses who have been impacted by the effects of COVID-19, and functions by providing a non-repayable contribution…Read More
Colin D. Piercey, Joe Thorne and Sam Ward On March 25, 2020, we published an update setting out considerations for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, whether business interruption may respond to these types of losses, and what questions a business should ask when considering whether to make a business interruption claim with…Read More
Sadira Jan and James Gamblin Our Firm is currently using a program called Closing Folders that is designed to streamline transaction processes and provide better service to clients. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions, Closing Folders is a powerful tool that supports business continuity by helping your transaction go “paperless”. It allows our firm…Read More
*Last updated: April 9, 2020 Maurice Chiasson, QC , Sara Scott, P. Eng, Madeleine Coats and Justin Song (송진원) The provincial and federal governments are working in tandem to provide support to businesses during the outbreak of COVID-19, and all of the economic stress related thereto. Both have been rolling out updates on a daily…Read More