Archive for March, 2020

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  • March 30, 2020
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COVID-19 – Employee Entitlements During Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Employers across Canada are struggling to deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 25, 2020, the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy published a message to debtors encouraging them to inform themselves of the economic measures…

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  • March 27, 2020
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Government Adds Temporary COVID-19 Leave to the Canada Labour Code and Waives Requirement for Medical Certificate for Certain Leaves

On March 25, 2020, the Federal government made important temporary changes to the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) that impact federally regulated employers.COVID-19 LeaveA new COVID-19 related leave provision has been enacted which grants up to 16 weeks of unpaid…

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  • March 26, 2020
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Obligations of Federally Regulated Employers when Laying-off or Terminating Employees

Current to March 26, 2020 With the current COVID-19 crisis, many federally regulated employers are facing difficult workplace decisions. The information set out below addresses only the provisions of the Canada Labour Code affecting federally regulated employers.  Employers may also…

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  • March 24, 2020
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British Columbia’s legislative response to COVID-19 – two new leaves under the Employment Standards Act and a $5 billion COVID-19 Action Plan

On March 23, 2020, the British Columbia Legislative Assembly reconvened to consider urgent legislation in light of the rapidly evolving landscape surrounding COVID-19.  Two pieces of legislation were enacted – the Employment Standards Amendment Act (No. 2) and the Supply…

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  • March 23, 2020
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Current WorkSafeBC Guidance – COVID-19 Pandemic

WorkSafeBC has recently provided more specific information and direction about COVID-19 to employers and employees.[1] Employers Employers should first seriously consider whether they can keep their workers out of the workplace. WorkSafeBC has made it clear that employers must ensure…

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  • March 19, 2020
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Special Guidance for Employers when Completing ROEs

Service Canada has provided specific guidance for completing a Record of Employment (ROE) for employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These instructions are as follows: When an employee stops working because they are sick and/or quarantined due to COVID-19, the…

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  • March 18, 2020
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Important Updates for Employers regarding COVID-19 pandemic

The Federal government today has announced financial support of up to $27 billion for workers and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A new “emergency care benefit” program has been created which provides up to $900 every two weeks, for…

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  • March 18, 2020
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COVID-19 and Employment Insurance Benefits

Updated March 19, 2020   EI Benefits for Employees under Quarantine The Federal Government and BC Provincial Government require that people who are arriving from outside of Canada or who exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are required to self-isolate…

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  • March 17, 2020
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COVID-19. What Employers Need To Know

What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is a new virus that belongs to a family of coronaviruses which include SARS and MERS. It originated in Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province and has spread across the globe. Since the discovery…