Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: June 19 update

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

Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: June 19 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 “Will CRA Pursue Directors for Deferred GST/HST?” the firm states that the Canada Revenue Agency should clarify whether directors will be held personally liable for the remittance deferral of net taxes during the deferral period if these net taxes were not ultimately remitted upon the expiration of the deferral period.

In “E-commerce: COVID-19 as a catalyst for change?” the firm writes about how e-commerce, which has been adopted by many businesses initially out of necessity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may eventually be seen as a more efficient option in the long run.

Other resources:

Dentons Canada LLP

In “Senior homes and COVID-19 – Class action risk in Western Canada,” the firm sheds light on the recent trend of class actions being initiated against seniors’ homes for their allegedly negligent COVID-19 response. The firm focuses its analysis on B.C. and Alberta.

Other resources:

Bennett Jones LLP

In “Environmental, Social and Governance Considerations and the Investor Perspective,” the firm sums up the key findings of a report released by Millani, an environmental, social and governance (ESG) advisory and consulting firm, which delves into the expected effects of the COVID-19 crisis on future ESG practices and disclosure.

Other resources:

Torys LLP

In “COVID‑19 and electronic signatures: a guide for organizations,” the firm explores how the public health crisis has caused a shift toward allowing the use of electronic signatures and virtual commissioning and notarizing.

Other resources:

McInnes Cooper

In “Predicting the Claims Landscape Post COVID-19,” the firm predicts how the pandemic may affect claims relating to motor vehicle accidents, business interruption, long-term care, cyber coverage and other claims as Canada adapts to a new normal.


In “Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Priority to Certain Occupations Considered Essential,” the firm updates the occupations that are deemed essential by the Quebec government as of June 10.

In “Back to Work in the Wake of COVID-19: A Step-by-Step Employers Plan for Reopening Ontario Workspaces,” the firm seeks to guide employers through the process of reopening their businesses and welcoming back their employees to their workplaces.

Other resources:

Lawson Lundell LLP

In “Managing Employees’ Return to the Workplace,” the firm discusses how employers can deal with the possible responses of their employees to return-to-work directives. These responses include the employees refusing to return to work because they are scared of contracting the COVID-19 virus, because they are prevented by their personal circumstances or because they prefer to remain at home.

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