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When is a Mandatory Vaccination Policy Reasonable? Arbitration Award Provides Additional Guidelines

Shreya Patel In a recent Arbitration Award, Arbitrator Stout provided further guidance on vaccination policies in the course of balancing the legitimate interests...
Nov 25, 2021
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Mandatory Vaccination Policies Required for Ontario Retirement Homes

Lisa Corrente On August 17, 2021, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued Directive #6 pursuant to the Health Protection and Promotion Act mandating hospit...
Sep 1, 2021
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Mandatory Vaccination and Your Workplace

Peter C. Straszynski With the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine well underway, many Canadian employers are thinking about introducing vaccination policies into their wo...
Aug 24, 2021
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Ontario Expands Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies For High-Risk Settings

Lisa Corrente On July 1, 2021, a Directive issued by the Minister of Long-Term Care pursuant to the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 required Ontario long-term care h...
Aug 18, 2021
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“COVID-19 Period” Extended Again Under the ESA

Shreya Patel In response to the ongoing pandemic, on May 29, 2021, the Ontario government passed a new Regulation that again extends the timeline when temporary la...
Jun 8, 2021
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Ontario Mandates COVID-19 Vaccination Policies for Long-Term Care Homes

Lisa Corrente Starting next month, all Ontario long-term care homes will be required to implement COVID-19 vaccination policies for their staff, students and volunt...
Jun 1, 2021
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Infectious Disease Emergency Leave and Wrongful Dismissal

Peter C. Straszynski Ontario employees on temporary layoff (or on reduced hours) due to COVID-19 are currently deemed to be on Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”) ...
May 3, 2021
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Ontario Government Mandates Paid Sick Leave

Daniel Pugen The Ontario Government has passed Bill 284, “COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021”. This bill amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) an...
Apr 30, 2021
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Business Closure Order for Peel and Toronto

Shreya Patel Toronto Public Health and Peel Public Health have issued an order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act requiring business in Pe...
Apr 23, 2021
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Mandatory Mask or Face Covering By-Law Not a Clear Violation of Human Rights

Shreya Patel The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) was recently asked to assess whether a mask by-law contravened the human rights of an individual who ref...
Apr 7, 2021
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Litigation in the Time of COVID

Marco P. Falco In 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a judicial call-to-arms in Hryniak v. Mauldin, 2014 SCC 7. The Court called for no less than a litigation ...
Feb 2, 2021
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Government Mandates Staying Home: Notes for Employers

Daniel Pugen On January 13, 2021 the Ontario Government issued an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which includes a directi...
Jan 14, 2021
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Ontario Government Further Extends the “COVID-19 Period” Under the ESA

Shreya Patel The “COVID-19 period” was set to expire on January 2, 2021 and has now been extended to July 3, 2021.
Dec 18, 2020
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Arbitrator Upholds Employer’s Right to Impose Mandatory COVID Testing on Employees

Thomas A. Stefanik and Shreya Patel Everyone in society has been affected in different ways by the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers in particular have faced difficult challenges and have bee...
Dec 10, 2020
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Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act Bulletin

Cody F. Dolgay The Provincial Government has just introduced Bill 218, the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act (the “Bill”). If passed, the Bill will provide the fram...
Oct 30, 2020
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How much is 'unconscionable'? Why a 2009 decision is suddenly relevant again in high-stakes Ontario separation cases

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post The financial fallout from COVID-19 is being felt far and wide, but for some Ontario couples who separated before the pandemic hit, the consequences c...
Aug 17, 2020
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Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission Launched Today

Lisa Corrente and David M. Golden Today, the Provincial Government launched an independent commission to investigate the spread of COVID-19 within long-term care homes, including how r...
Jul 29, 2020
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No Free Lunch: Global Privacy Regulators Set Expectations of Video Teleconference Providers

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer While the availability of videoconferencing technology has been a salvation for many given the challenges of working remotely during the COVID-19 pand...
Jul 27, 2020
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How the closed Canada-U.S. border affects binational families

Adam N. Black Special to Financial Post The COVID-19 curve continues to flatten in Canada, while the rate of infection is soaring in the United States. Over the past week, Canadians have see...
Jul 13, 2020
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COVID-19 Insurance and Healthcare Considerations

Cody F. Dolgay The Canadian health and long term care industries have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. It would appear that this has not gone unnoticed by ins...
Jul 8, 2020
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Ontario Pauses Commercial Evictions

Kenneth Beallor On June 17, 2020, the Ontario government passed the Protecting Small Business Act, temporarily halting or reversing evictions of commercial tenants an...
Jun 19, 2020
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Creating a Plan to Reopen Your Physical Workplace

Dania Mastrorillo and Taryn Meyer On June 8, 2020, the Ontario government announced its plan to progress to Stage 2 of reopening the province of Ontario amid the coronavirus pandemic (...
Jun 17, 2020
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Business Considerations for Companies Reopening During COVID-19

Reena Rosenwald As the Province of Ontario continues the process of reopening, businesses are beginning to resume operations. Companies are facing significant uncerta...
Jun 5, 2020
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Temporary Pandemic Pay Order Issued Pursuant to Ontario Regulation 241/20

Irv Kleiner and Shreya Patel On April 25, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced that it would be providing frontline employees with temporary pandemic pay in recognition of th...
Jun 2, 2020
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