Tag Archives: coronavirus

Big Changes for COVID-19 Layoffs in Ontario: New O. Reg 228/20 Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Curtails Constructive Dismissal Claims

As many of our readers and clients know, we have been cautioning that the legality of certain layoffs and job changes necessitated by COVID-19 is uncertain. Generally, layoffs are only legal if the employment contract gives the employer the right to layoff, and many other job changes, such as reductions in hours or pay, raise … Continue Reading

COVID-19 and Proposed Amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997

Ontario potentially has another new COVID-19 related law on the horizon, this time related to worker’s compensation. On May 19, Bill 191, Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Presumption Respecting COVID-19), 2020 passed first reading in the Ontario Legislature.  COVID-19 a Presumptive Occupational Disease for Essential Workers If the Bill is passed, it will amend … Continue Reading

A Guide for Employers During COVID-19 – May 22 update

A Guide for Employers during COVID-19 This Guide sets out the key employment law issues to consider, as well as the government’s financial relief options to explore to get through this deep economic crisis.  (Last Updated May 22, 2020). Further free resources can be found here. Should you need legal advice on how to manage … Continue Reading

Government Benefits and Bringing Employees Back: The CERB and CEWS

This week in Ontario many businesses are re-opening. Employers and employees alike have questions about going back to work and the intersection of re-starting businesses with the various government subsidies that have been tiding many people over.  Bringing Employees Back to Work Using the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Many employers have laid off a … Continue Reading

Considerations for Employers as We Return to Work

The provinces are opening back up and various guidance has been issued to employers regarding how to do so safely, but the virus still exists and it’s still contagious. Governments who have been encouraging people to stay home are now contemplating how to get people to go out when really conditions regarding the virus have … Continue Reading

Re-opening Your Business During COVID-19

Many provinces across Canada have started the process of re-opening businesses. In Ontario, a select few seasonal businesses have been allowed to open this week with restrictions. These include seasonal businesses and some essential construction. Check out the Provincial News Release for the details.  While the list is still very short, we can be sure … Continue Reading

How Can I Afford Legal Advice if My Business is Sinking?

How Can I Afford Legal Advice? Many employers are facing rock hard choices right now: layoff on shaky legal ground or go bankrupt? Let some employees go, but how to afford termination pay? Offer more than ESA minimums to get a release or risk a claim down the road? Since early March 2020, we’ve found … Continue Reading

Rightsizing Your Workforce During COVID-19

Unchartered Workplace Waters For many entrepreneurs and small businesses, the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented losses in a short period of time.  It has been a time of incredible stress, uncertainty and countless questions about how you can stay afloat, best manage your team and, eventually, rebuild.  At SpringLaw, we have been navigating … Continue Reading
LexBlog