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Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: August 28 update

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

Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: August 28 update

Law firms across Canada continue to share their insights on the evolving legal and economic landscape resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a roundup of some of these resources.

McMillan LLP

In “COVID-19 Realities Push Ontario Government to Launch Public Consultation to Improve the Province's Privacy Laws,” McMillan describes the privacy-related discussion topics tabled by Ontario for public consultation.

In “Alberta fast-tracks infrastructure stimulus plan and spending,” Osler covers new developments in Alberta’s infrastructure industry and important considerations for those operating within this sector.

Other resources:

Dentons Canada LLP

In “Force Majeure: an overview of common law and civil law approaches, a brief look at recent domestic and US case law and where we are headed,” Dentons sheds light on the possible treatment of force majeure clauses in Canadian courts by reviewing recent domestic and U.S. cases.

Other resources:

Other resource: COVID-19 triggers Canadian intellectual property deadline extensions until August 31, 2020

Torkin Manes LLP

In “Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission Launched Today,” Torkin Manes describes Ontario’s new independent commission investigating the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, as well as its mandate, membership and duties.

Other resources:

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

In “CaseLines: A Practical Overview,” Lenczner Slaght gives an overview of the new document sharing and e-hearing platform which will be gradually implemented across select courts in Ontario.

Bereskin & Parr LLP

In “Innovation Landscape Improving for Canadian Start-Ups (COVID-19 & IP Update),” Bereskin & Parr discusses the role of innovation in restarting the economy.

Other resources:

McLennan Ross LLP

In “McLennan Ross Update for Thursday (Aug. 13),” the firm addresses a ministerial order in Alberta that introduces changes to layoffs, group terminations and certain leave benefits, as well as mask bylaws in the province.

Minden Gross LLP

In “COVID-19 and Building Real Estate Back Up,” Minden Gross describes the effects of the pandemic on the real estate industry in Ontario and what may change as pandemic-related restrictions gradually ease.

Other resources: Clarity from the Federal Department of Justice in the form of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19)

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

In “COVID-19: Return-to-work best-practices: Key considerations for reopening physical workplaces,” TDS offers guidance to employers seeking to develop an appropriate COVID-19 return-to-work plan.

Other resource: Canada’s COVID-19 economic response plan regarding taxation

Hull & Hull LLP

In “Life Insurance During COVID-19,” Hull & Hull analyzes how the COVID-19 crisis has affected life insurance policies and estate planning.

Other resources:

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