Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: April 1 update

This week’s update on resources shared by law firms addressing the COVID-19 crisis

Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: April 1 update

Law firms across Canada are sharing their insights on how to deal with the rapidly evolving economic and legal landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a roundup of some of these resources.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

In “COVID-19 and your environmental obligations,” the firm recommended that businesses continue keeping track of environmental obligations, given that the deadlines for complying with such obligations have not necessarily been suspended. Businesses can also consider filing a request for extension, if necessary.

Gowling released a guide addressing the possible legal issues now facing commercial landlords. For instance, the guide explained how the passage of Bill C-13, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, may benefit landlords.

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Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

In “Pandemic dangers: Properly managing work refusals in Canada today,” the firm explained the rules governing work refusals and how these rules apply to the current situation, given that many employees are now teleworking.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

The firm hosted a webinar this month which explored the ways in which business leaders can prepare their businesses to properly deal with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

In “Keeping Cyber-Safe During the COVID-19 Outbreak,” the firm warned against the increased risks that may come with the adoption of remote working arrangements, such as phishing attacks and business email compromise.

In “Restaurant franchise systems – Tips for pivoting your business model to focus on delivery and take-out during dine-in prohibitions,” the firm discussed the short-term and long-term legal and commercial issues that may arise as restaurants increasingly transition to a new business model more centred on delivery and take-out options.

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Dentons Canada LLP

In “Amendments to the Canada Labour Code: What a federally regulated employer must know,” the firm discussed the changes to the legislation in relation to leave entitlements. These amendments are expected to impact banks, airlines, telecommunications companies and other employers regulated by the federal government.

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

In “COVID-19: Market Developments in Banking and Finance,” the firm listed potential measures for parties to consider adopting if borrowers are dealing with liquidity issues due to the COVID-19 crisis. These measures include the deferral of amortization payments and the recasting of financial covenants.

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Bennett Jones LLP

In “COVID-19—Mitigating Risks to Critical IT Projects and Services,” the firm recommended some key areas for organizations to focus on when seeking to reduce the possible risks to important information technology projects and services.

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Torys LLP

In “COVID-19: managing material contracts in crisis,” the firm listed the important considerations that business leaders should address in order to have a better understanding of the consequences of the COVID-19 situation on their contractual rights and obligations.

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