Stephanie Kalinowski Quoted in Benefits Canada on Employers Using SUB Plans to Top Up During Pandemic

Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski in a May 27, 2020 article titled “Employers Can’t Use SUB Plans to Top up Employees Laid off Due to Pandemic.” The article discusses how employers with registered supplemental unemployment benefit plans aren’t able to use them to top up laid-off employees who are receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

Ensuring a Successful Return to Work in a COVID-19 World

As governments start lifting orders and directives made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (or similar legislation in other jurisdictions), it is understandable that employers and employees alike are anxious to return to their ‘pre-COVID-19 normal’. However, in order to ensure a successful return to work during the largest pandemic in modern history, it is crucial that employers turn their minds to the unique labour and employment issues created by COVID-19 and reopen with a solid return to work plan in place.

Benefits Canada Publishes an Article by Rayaz Khan on CEWS and CERB Government Programs

Hicks Morley’s Rayaz Khan authored an article published on April 14, 2020 in Benefits Canada titled “A Legal Update on the Government’s CEWS and CERB Programs.” The COVID-19 pandemic has created many complicated issues for employers. Prudent employers should ensure they’re aware of the resources that may be available during this uncertain time when information regarding government support is rapidly changing.

Special COVID-19 Webinar: Compliance, Immigration & Employment

Hicks Morley and Green and Spiegel LLP have teamed up to bring you a special COVID-19 webinar focusing on Compliance, Immigration & Employment. The panel will asses the impact of COVID-19 on employer compliance from an immigration standpoint as well as employment-law related issues due to the pandemic.

Further Measures Announced in Relation to COVID-19

Late last week, the Ontario government amended a number of measures already introduced in light of COVID-19. It updated the “COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool” to include an expanded list of symptoms for which self-isolation is required. It made further orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act regarding health care, an expanded list of essential workers eligible for child care and seasonal campgrounds. The federal government provided more information on initiatives already underway, including with respect to the eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

Additional Details of Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Enhanced Summer Jobs Program Released

After making its initial announcement about the significantly expanded Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program, the federal government announced on April 8, 2020, that it is introducing additional flexibility to the CEWS, and provided additional details about how the program will operate.