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Roundup of law firm resources on COVID-19: Sept. 25 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: Sept. 25 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 “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.

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.

Other resources:

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.

Other resources:

Torys LLP

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.

Other resources:

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.

Other resources:

Pitblado Law

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.

Axiom Law

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

WeirFoulds LLP

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.

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