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Ontario Government Extends the “COVID-19 Period” under the Employment Standards Act’s Infectious Disease Emergency Leave to January 1, 2022

As first discussed in a Focus Alert from early in the pandemic, Ontario Regulation 228/20, the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave…

Does ESA’s IDEL Restrict Employee’s Ability to Pursue Civil Claim for Constructive Dismissal? Court of Appeal Needs to Provide Answers

As Focus readers may recall, as detailed in our earlier Focus Alert, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice previously examined in…

Ontario Government Extends the “COVID-19 Period” under the Employment Standards Act’s Infectious Disease Emergency Leave to September 25, 2021

As first stated in one of our early COVID-19 Focus Alerts, O. Reg. 228/20, the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”) Regulation…

Court Finds that ESA’s IDEL Does Restrict Employee’s Ability to Pursue a Civil Claim for Constructive Dismissal

As Focus readers may recall, as detailed in our earlier Focus Alert, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice previously examined…

ESA’s IDEL Regulation Found by Court to Not Restrict Employee’s Ability to Pursue a Civil Claim for Constructive Dismissal

In the first reported civil case examining the intersection between the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) COVID-19 leave provisions and…

CRA Releases Updated Guidelines on Tax Deductions for Work-From-Home Expenses During the Pandemic

Although some employees were permitted to make personal income tax deductions related to certain home office expenses even before COVID-19…

Ontario Government Extends COVID-19 Period re Temporary Layoffs to January 2, 2021

As Focus readers may recall, as detailed in our earlier Focus Alert, the Ontario government filed Regulation 228/20 under the…

Ontario makes important changes to ESA rules related to temporary layoffs and constructive dismissals

On May 29, 2020, the Ontario government filed Regulation 228/20 – Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“Regulation”) under the Employment Standards…

Ontario orders mandatory closure of non-essential workplaces

To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government has ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces to…

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