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The Federal economic response to COVID-19

March 19, 2020

Brent McCumber, P.Eng. On March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced a significant economic response plan to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 on Canadians and businesses.  While this $82 billion plan contains many important measures, in this article we will highlight some of the relief this response plan provides to taxpayers.  In particular,…

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COVID-19 Update: As of 5:00pm today, we have transitioned to a remote work environment in all of our six offices across Atlantic Canada

March 18, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as of 5:00 p.m. today, March 18, our six offices across Atlantic Canada have transitioned to a remote work environment for an undetermined period of time. We will leverage our technology and other infrastructure to continue to provide service to our clients from outside. Our leadership team is closely…

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$82 billion federal government aid package – high points for employers

March 18, 2020

The Federal Government just announced various COVID-19-related measures in its Canada’s Covid-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses.  The full statement can be found here. The following may be of particular interest to employers: Emergency Care Benefit The “Emergency Care Benefit provides up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks. This flat-payment…

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COVID-19 information bulletin

March 16, 2020

Updated: March 18, 2020 1. BACKGROUND COVID-19 is an illness caused by a novel coronavirus. The most common symptoms are similar to a cold or flu and include fever, fatigue, cough and difficulty breathing. According to Health Canada and the World Health Organization, symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. It…

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Nova Scotia announces mandatory quarantine for public sector staff and students returning from outside Canada

March 13, 2020

Brian Johnston, QC and Jennifer Thompson In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, Premier Stephen McNeil and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Strang have announced that all public sector employees who have travelled outside Canada must self-isolate for 14 days following their return to Canada before they are allowed to…

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Government of Canada announces changes to Employment Insurance and Work-Share Program as part of $1 billion COVID-19 fund

March 12, 2020

Jennifer Thompson As employees and employers grapple with the practical implications of a potential COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Canada has stepped up to the plate with an announcement of a $1 billion fund to finance a range of measures aimed at limiting the spread of the virus and preparing the country for what seems…

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COVID-19: Keep calm and consider the issues!

March 6, 2020

Rick Dunlop, Jennifer Thompson, Alycia Novacefski, Kyle Hartlen, Scott Campbell and Rebecca Saturley The impact of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, will vary by organization. Each organization, however, should consider various legal issues associated with COVID-19- induced disruption to two resources central to any organization: The people (who perform the work). The materials and…

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