Canadian Law of Work Forum Publishes an Article by Article by Daniel Michaluk and Matin Fazelpour on Disclosing COVID-19 Test Results in the Workplace

Hicks Morley’s Daniel Michaluk and Matin Fazelpour, authored an article in the Canadian Law of Work Forum titled “Responding to a Potential COVID-19 Case in the Workplace – Steady as She Goes.” In this article, Daniel and Matin respond to one of the most frequently asked questions by employers during the COVID-19 outbreak: whether or…

New Leave Relating to COVID-19 under Canada Labour Code

On March 25, 2020, the federal government passed Bill C-13, COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, which contains various fiscal and other measures designed to deal expeditiously with the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. Included among these measures is an amendment to the Canada Labour Code (Code) which provides an unpaid leave of up to 16 weeks for employees who are unable or unavailable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Leave came into force on March 25, 2020.

COVID-19 and Long-Term Care – Ontario Takes Significant Steps to Address Staffing Concerns

On Monday, March 23, 2020, the Ontario government issued an Emergency Order granting Ontario Health Service Providers broad authority to take all reasonable steps necessary to staff as needed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has now taken two significant steps to grant similar authority to Long-Term Care home providers and Municipal Homes for the Aged to address the staffing issues which may arise due to the emerging pandemic.

Ontario’s Announcement about Closure of Non-Essential Businesses: Questions and Answers for Employers

On March 23, 2020 Premier Doug Ford announced that effective 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, all non-essential businesses will be ordered to close for 14 days, and possibly longer. This order is made further to the emergency declared on March 17, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Here is what employers need to consider now.

Ontario to Close Non-Essential Businesses Due to COVID-19

On March 23, 2020, the Ontario government announced that effective 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday March 24, non-essential businesses will be ordered closed for 14 days, and possibly longer. A full list of businesses which will be permitted to remain open will be released tomorrow. Access to groceries, medicine and essential products will remain in place….

COVID-19 and Staffing – Province Issues Emergency Order for Health Service Providers

With a single Order, Ontario Health Service Providers have been given broad authority to take all reasonable steps necessary to staff as needed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Details of this Order, which came into effect the evening of Saturday, March 21, 2020, are set out below.