This week’s update on resources shared by law firms addressing the impact of COVID-19
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.
In “Plan for the Ban: Single-Use Plastics Bans Are Rolling Out Across Canada – Are you ready?” McMillan explains how the COVID-19 crisis has sidelined and delayed measures to reduce single-use plastics.
- Getting M&A Deals Done in the COVID-19 Era
- Cross-Country Check-In: COVID-19 and the Environment
- Federal Government Accepts Ontario's Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) Program for Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Transition Dates to Come
Miller Thomson LLP
In “The FCA test case: Assessing its impact on COVID-19 business interruption coverage in Canada,” Miller Thomson explores how a decision recently released by the High Court of England and Wales involving the issue of business interruption coverage for COVID-19-related losses may affect the interpretation of similar policies in Canada.
- Statutory temporary layoffs across Canada (current to September 22, 2020)
- COVID-19: Cross country update (September 11 – 17)
- COVID-19: Cross country update (September 4-10, 2020)
Dentons Canada LLP
In “COVID-19 – What you missed on your summer vacation and what happens next,” Dentons gives employers an update on COVID-19-related developments that happened over the summer, as well as some guidance on possible future developments.
- Who may be exempt from Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions and its 14-day self-quarantine requirement?
- Retail: country-by-country summary of the impact of COVID-19 (updated September 22, 2020)
Bennett Jones LLP
In “Ontario Extends the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave and Delays Layoffs under the ESA until January 2, 2021,” Bennett Jones writes about the Ontario government’s extension of temporary relief measures under the Employment Standards Act, 2000, which may benefit employers who are still unable to return their employees to regular work.
- The Supreme Court of Canada Resumes In-Person Appeals
- David Dodge on BNN Bloomberg: Investment in Productivity and the Economic Recovery
- David Dodge on Canada’s Twin Deficits and How to Scale Them
In “Potential impact of COVID-19 on Canadian venture capital deal terms,” Torys discusses how recent deal studies have been showing the effects of the public health crisis on the Canadian venture capital market.
Torkin Manes LLP
In “Ontario Government Extends Lay-Off Periods and Provides Further Temporary Relief Under the ESA,” Torkin Manes talks about how Ontario has amended a regulation to extend the timeline for when temporary lay-offs will be considered permanent job losses.
- Pandemic has forced Ontario courts to embrace the future, but questions over technology use remain
- Courts weighing in on back-to-school disputes between separated parents
Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
In “Proposed Sinopec lawsuit highlights risk of underpaying workers on overtime,” Lenczner Slaght shares that its partner, Monique Jilesen, has discussed with The Globe & Mail the potential class actions that may arise due to the COVID-19 crisis.
McLennan Ross LLP
In “Tom Ross Discusses Employee Protections during COVID-19 with SHRM,” McLennan Ross announced that its partner, Tom Ross, has been interviewed by SHRM regarding protections available to employees in Alberta amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minden Gross LLP
In “Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (“CECRA”) Update – September 2020 Extension,” Minden Gross goes over the federal government’s announcement regarding the extension of the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program.
Hull & Hull LLP
In “Protecting Our Most Vulnerable,” Hull & Hull describes the Ontario government’s recently announced Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission.
- Going to Trial During a Pandemic
- Recording the Remote Execution of a Will
- Grab Summer Before It is Gone
In “COVID-19 and Public Health Orders,” Pitblado summarizes the Manitoba government's Prairie Mountain Health Region COVID-19 prevention orders, which cover public gatherings and the operation of businesses during the pandemic.
In “Legal Budgeting in the New Normal,” Axiom Law gives suggestions on how general counsel can deal with legal budgeting matters in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.
Other resource: Practical Advice for Supporting Distressed Loan Portfolios
In “A Cautious Reopening: Ontario Extends the Deemed COVID-19 Emergency Leave to January 2021,” WeirFoulds covers certain reliefs announced by the Ontario government, which are intended to safeguard businesses from termination costs and severance pay and to help employees retain their jobs while on a deemed infectious disease emergency leave.