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Stewart McKelvey announces COVID-19 vaccination policy

September 24, 2021

The health and safety of our people, clients and community remains paramount at Stewart McKelvey. Throughout the pandemic, we have followed the guidance of Public Health, and have implemented protocols in all of our offices to prevent COVID-19 infection and spread. As a Firm, we continue to do our part to care for each other,…

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Mandatory vaccines in the workplace

July 21, 2021

Included in Discovery: Atlantic Education & the Law – Issue 08 Sheila Lanctôt and Evan MacKnight More than a year has passed since the Coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”) arrived in Atlantic Canada and caused all in-person events, gatherings and classes to grind to a halt. Colleges and universities were forced to shift to an online format…

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Reuniting with family: who can come to Canada despite COVID-19 restrictions?

June 10, 2021

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…

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Planning for re-opening: what might an international border opening look like in Canada?

June 2, 2021

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…

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COVID-19 immigration update

May 31, 2021

*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…

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Nova Scotia unveils reopening plan

May 28, 2021

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:…

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Nova Scotia workers can now access paid COVID-19 sick days – “stay tuned for the details”

May 13, 2021

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…

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COVID-19 vaccination leave for employees

April 15, 2021

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…

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COVID-19 update: St. John’s office reopening to the public March 15

March 12, 2021

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…

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New COVID-19 travel & quarantine requirements

March 9, 2021

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…

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