COVID-19 Developments and Legal Updates
We are committed to providing you with the latest COVID-19 regulatory initiatives and government programs, and how these developments can impact you and your business. Our real-time updates in areas such as business, labour & employment, litigation and tax, offer valuable legal insights and summaries that will help inform what you need to do for business continuity, to protect your employees, to meet your contractual and regulatory obligations, and to re-open with the ease of government restrictions.
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Brittany Trafford The Canadian borders have been restricted for over a year now and many families have struggled with being separated. Throughout 2020 and early 2021 restrictions have fluctuated as the federal government tried to balance their recognition of the importance of family reunification, with the risks of the pandemic. After many months missing immediate…Read More
Brittany Trafford Last week the Maritime provinces announced various re-opening plans based on vaccine trajectories, with Newfoundland and Labrador making an announcement today¹. These plans address, among other things, who will be able to enter the provinces and who will need to quarantine upon entry. Of course, this is promising news for businesses and those…Read More
*Last updated: May 31, 2021 (Originally published April 1, 2020) Kathleen Leighton Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various implications for the immigration world, including for those already in Canada, as well as those looking to travel to, or return to Canada, from abroad. In particular, there are travel restrictions in place for land…Read More
Katharine Mack Premier Ian Rankin and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang provided details on Nova Scotia’s reopening plan this afternoon. The Province’s plan has a total of 5 phases. Phase 1, which focuses on more outdoor activities and small groups, will begin on Wednesday, June 2. The following rules and restrictions will apply:…Read More
Rick Dunlop and William Wojcik On May 12th, 2021, the Government of Nova Scotia announced in a news release that it is implementing a COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Program (“Program”) to support workers who must take time off work for COVID-19 related reasons between May 10 and July 31, 2021. The Program has not been…Read More
Mark Tector and Bhreagh Ross With vaccine rollout well underway across the country, employers should be aware of legislative changes that entitle employees to paid or unpaid time-off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Here are the two Canadian jurisdictions that currently offer specific leave protections for employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine: Province Vaccine leave…Read More
In light of the improving COVID-19 situation in Newfoundland and Labrador, our St. John’s office will reopen to the public beginning Monday, March 15. With lockdown restrictions beginning to loosen, we will be reopening at a reduced in-office capacity, as we continue to follow the provincial government guidelines and the advice of health officials. The…Read More
Brendan Sheridan Canada has continually claimed to be one of the countries with the toughest COVID-19 related travel and quarantine requirements. In response to the new COVID-19 variants emerging in the UK and South Africa, the federal government has recently taken steps to make these requirements even stricter. In addition to reemphasizing to Canadian residents…Read More
In light of the COVID-19 Alert Level 5 in Newfoundland and Labrador announced on Friday, February 12th, our St. John’s office has, once again, implemented its remote work plan. This means our office is physically closed to the public and our lawyers and staff have transitioned to work from home status pending further updates from…Read More
Daniel MacKenzie and James Galsworthy On January 15, 2021, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court (“Court”) issued a decision which is likely to be viewed as good news for policy holders who have endured business interruption losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the widening denial of business interruption claims under the standard wording…Read More