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COVID-19 has changed the labour and employment law landscape indefinitely.

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The situation has developed rapidly and changes from day to day. 

In light of these unprecedented circumstances and the fluidity of this situation, Emond Harnden remains committed to providing timely support and guidance to our clients as they navigate their obligations and rights as employers.


We are available to provide advice on any and all COVID-19 related issues, including:


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Ontario Government Announces Further Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions

As detailed in our earlier Focus Alert, on January 31, 2022, the government of Ontario began the gradual resumption of its reopening plans following the imposition of more stringent public health and workplace safety requirements in response to the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

Emond Harnden Updates

To our valued clients

We are in the midst of a challenging and unprecedented situation. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched all of us, including our businesses, families, and communities, and we are aware of the fears and uncertainties we are all facing. We wanted to take a brief opportunity to connect with all of you, to share the measures we have taken and the measures we will continue to take, to help ensure the health and safety of our communities, and the continuity and success of our clients.

As have many employers, we have moved most of our operations out of the office, to do our part in maintaining social distancing. Most of our lawyers and staff are now working remotely, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We have suspended in-person meetings, but remain available to connect with clients by phone, email or video conferencing. We have ensured that our lawyers and staff are equipped to maintain the continuity of our operations, and we remain at full capacity to assist our clients with any and all employment-related issues arising out of COVID-19. We welcome you to contact any one of our lawyers, and we assure you that one of our lawyers will be able to assist you in a timely fashion.

In these extraordinary times, we want to assure our clients that we are here for you. We have been working collaboratively to ensure that we are up-to-date with any developments, and that we are providing timely, accurate advice. We are available to provide advice on any and all COVID-19 related issues, including:

  • Pandemic planning and the development of guidelines and policies relating to COVID-19;
  • Temporary lay-offs;
  • Working from home;
  • Employment Insurance benefits issues, including Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plans and Work-Sharing programs;
  • Sick leave and other leaves of absence;
  • Health and safety issues, including work refusals; and
  • Privacy considerations relating to employee medical information.

You will find our recent updates and publications on COVID-19 on our website and we will continue to update our resources as developments occur.

We also understand that in some respects and for some clients, it remains business as usual, and so we remain available and committed to provide timely advice and guidance on all other labour and employment-related matters that may arise in the coming weeks.

As always, we remain your trusted advisors, and we are here for you. Be well, be healthy, and be safe.