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Institutional responsibility to prepare for COVID-19 cases on campus

December 23, 2020

Included in Discovery: Atlantic Education & the Law – Issue 07 Kate Jurgens Since returning to class in September amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 global pandemic, students and faculty alike in classrooms, on campus, in residence, and in the workplace have learned to adapt to what has become the “new norm.” It is not…

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The bubble has burst: New restrictions announced for Nova Scotia

November 27, 2020

Katharine Mack After a relatively carefree Atlantic summer, the bubble has officially burst: as COVID-19 cases begin to rise, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have all announced that they will be pulling out of the “Atlantic Bubble” this week. In addition, Premier Stephen McNeil and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr.…

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COVID-19: Federal government announces continuing package of pandemic supports

October 29, 2020

Katharine Mack The federal government has recently announced a series of changes to be made to benefit programs rolled out in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension or expansion of these benefits and support measures will be welcome news for employers and employees alike as they continue to navigate the economic consequences of the…

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Newfoundland and Labrador mandates masks in workplaces

August 24, 2020

Harold M. Smith, QC and G. John Samms Effective Monday, August 24, 2020, an order directing the mandatory wearing of masks, pursuant to the Public Health and Protection Act and the Special Measures Orders made thereunder comes into effect. We hereafter refer to this order as the “Mandatory Mask Order”. The original Mandatory Mask Order,…

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Prince Edward Island Labour and Employment legislative changes

July 31, 2020

Murray Murphy, QC, CPHR and Kate Jurgens Three new bills have been introduced in the most recent sitting of the Prince Edward Island legislature. In the employment setting Bill 38 aims to address the prevalence of emergency leave in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, while Bill 114 address protections to be provided…

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COVID-19 – potential liability for municipalities

July 21, 2020

Stephen Penney and Justin Hewitt As municipalities begin opening up recreational facilities in Alert Level 2 of the COVID-19 public health emergency implemented by the Provincial Government, Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador has been receiving inquiries regarding potential liabilities to its member municipalities. We have provided a summary below to outline some of the potential liabilities…

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Applicability of business tax where operations limited

July 21, 2020

There is no obligation upon a municipality to reduce a business tax due to limited operations secondary to the COVID-19 pandemic. A municipality does, however, have the discretion to offer business tax relief. If a municipality were to consider such a policy, they should seek further legal advice in preparing the necessary resolutions to insulate…

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You’re more essential than you think: it is crunch time for Newfoundland and Labrador employers to avail of Essential Worker Support Program

July 9, 2020

Ruth Trask and John Samms Newfoundland and Labrador employers who continued operations this spring during Alert Levels 4 and 5 of the COVID-19 pandemic should take note of a new program offered by the provincial government that may provide extra wage supports. The federal government pledged up to $3 billion in support to increase the…

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Bringing Corporate Governance Online: Can Atlantic Canadian private issuers leverage tech solutions while complying with provincial corporate statutes? Part 2: Electronically-signed share certificates

June 22, 2020

Stephanie Stapleford, Mike Carver, Matthew Craig, Kimberly MacLachlan and Christine Pound Part 2: Electronically-Signed Share Certificates The COVID-19 crisis, and federal, provincial and local government directives for individuals to continue complying with social distancing policies even as measures are gradually relaxing, have forced businesses to re-think traditional corporate governance practices. Questions arise as to whether…

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Temporary lay off timeline extended to 26 weeks from 13… temporarily

June 15, 2020

Twila Reid and John Samms On Friday, June 12, 2020, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced it has extended the time period under section 50 of the Labour Standards Act (“the Act”) that converts a temporary layoff into a permanent termination. The Order doubles the amount of time a person may be considered to…

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