Ontario Declares Emergency, Issues Stay-at-Home Order

On January 12, 2021, the Ontario government declared a second emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) in light of the surging COVID-19 cases in Ontario. The emergency declaration took effect immediately. At the same time, the government announced that it would be issuing a range of other orders to enhance the…

Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency

On January 12, 2021, the Ontario government declared a second provincial emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA) to address the concerning rise in COVID-19 cases, and also announced it is issuing a stay at home order. The government’s announcement outlined the changes that it will be implementing, which are summarized in…

Proposed Legislation to Ensure International Travellers Will Not Be Eligible for Recovery Benefits During Mandatory Quarantine Period

On January 11, 2021, the federal government announced that it will be proposing legislation to ensure international travellers returning to Canada will not be eligible to receive any of the recovery benefits – the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) – for their mandatory…

Ontario Makes Further Amendments to COVID-19 Rules

On January 9, 2021, the Ontario government filed three regulations made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 amending the Rules for Areas in Stages 1, 2 and 3, which set out the restrictions in light of COVID-19.   Among other things, Ontario Regulation 6/21 makes the following amendments to the…

Lockdown Extended in Northern Ontario; On-Line Learning for Elementary Students in Southern Ontario Extended to January 25, 2021

On January 7, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it is extending the current provincial lockdown an additional 14 days for the 7 public health unit regions in Northern Ontario. This will align the length of their lockdown with the length of the lockdown for the regions in Southern Ontario. The government also announced that…

Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC): 2021 Virtual Labour Relations Seminar

Topics Staffing – What is the Significance of the Sudbury Artbitration Managing the Fire Service in the Age of COVID Bargaining Update Labour Relation 101 – Workshop Diversity – Diversity/Trans Gender in the Fire Service – Transgender Focus Presentation – Fire Chief Award Top 10 Legal Trends of 2020 Social Connections Matter – Coping with…

COVID Case Law Update: Two Recent Decisions of Note in the Long-Term Care Sector

In this HR HealthCheck, we discuss two recently released arbitral decisions involving retirement and long-term care home providers whose responses to the COVID-19 pandemic were challenged by their unions. The first case deals with a mandatory testing policy. The second case considers an employer’s right to cancel an employee’s leave of absence in order to…

Toronto Employers Take Note: Additional COVID-19 Measures Issued by Toronto Medical Officer of Health Including Reporting Obligations

Employers and persons responsible for businesses or organizations which are located in the City of Toronto and are permitted to be open during the current lockdown in Ontario are now subject to additional requirements in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in the City. The provincial lockdown restrictions are set out in the Rules…

Fall Economic Statement Announces Proposals Related to Employee Stock Options and Home Office Expense Deductions

On November 30, 2020, the Department of Finance released Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020 (Fall Economic Statement). In this FTR Now, we focus on two key proposals contained in the Fall Economic Statement that will be of interest to employers and human resources professionals: (i) proposed amendments to the employee stock…