Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: July 31 update

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

Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: July 31 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.

McMillan LLP

In “Government Proposes Relief for Issuers of Flow-Through Shares,” McMillan covers the potential changes to the flow-through share program in Canada, as proposed by the Department of Canada in light of the effects of the public health crisis on junior mining exploration.

In “Canadian competition law merger enforcement: (almost) business as usual,” Osler writes about the downturn in the country’s volume of merger activity and about how the Competition Bureau has adjusted certain procedures to assist parties in complying.

Other resources:

Dentons Canada LLP

In “Bill 32 – Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020,” Dentons provides an overview of Alberta’s Bill 32, which will maintain the exception for layoffs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Such layoffs may last for a maximum of 180 consecutive days.

Other resources:

Bennett Jones LLP

In “Will COVID-19 Ignite Private Equity's Dry Powder?” Bennett Jones explores certain investment opportunities which may be availed by private equity firms seeking to deploy their committed, unallocated capital.

Other resources:

Torys LLP

In “How to reduce exposure associated with pandemic-related corporate misconduct,” Torys identifies issues that business leaders may encounter in relation to bad employee and business partner behavior, which may in turn trigger class action and regulatory liability.

Web Series: Leading Questions – Presented by WeirFoulds Women,” which is hosted biweekly by women lawyers from WeirFoulds, touches upon COVID-19-related questions such as whether an employer can reduce salaries, whether it is the right time to update one’s will and power of attorney and whether now is a good time to invest.

Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

In “Moving Away from the CERB: Redesigning the CEWS Program,” Wildeboer Dellelce summarizes the highlights of the proposed amendments to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program.

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP

In “Bill 23: Alberta’s attempt at filling the gaps in CECRA,” BD&P talks about Alberta’s Bill 23, which aims to protect commercial tenants who are undergoing COVID-19-related financial difficulties from being evicted, from having their leases terminated or from incurring late penalties.

Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

In “Bill 195 Passes: Declared Emergency Will End But Emergency Orders Will Continue,” the firm provides insight on how Ontario’s Bill 195, which received royal assent, affects the declared emergency and the emergency orders issued by the provincial government.

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In “Income tax payment deadlines extended to September 30,” KPMG Law gives an update on the recent extension of income tax payment deadlines and on the interest relief offered by the Canada Revenue Agency.

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Goldblatt Partners LLP

In “What Emergency Powers Do Governments Have to Respond to COVID-19?” Goldblatt Partners explains the emergency powers available to the federal and provincial governments. This document is updated to reflect newly issued emergency orders.

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