State of emergency in Alberta: what it means for your workplace

In line with the state of emergency declared in Ontario, Premier Jason Kenney declared a public health emergency in Alberta with the purpose of doing “whatever it takes to slow the spread of [the COVID-19] virus”. As a result of this declaration, the following facilities have been ordered to close immediately.

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As the virus continues to spread extensively, it poses significant challenge to businesses and raises various points of employment law for employers.

LCO recommends new regime for online defamation

The Law Commission of Ontario’s multi-year and multi-jurisdictional project to update defamation for the digital age has culminated in the release of a Final Report proposing not only a new defamation statute but also an entirely new dispute resolution regime dedicated to tackling the problem of online defamation.

What other forms of statutory leave may apply to Covid-19 (Canada)

In addition to the recently announced statutory leaves in response to COVID-19, there are other forms of statutory leave in place under employment standards legislation across Canada. Many employees may also be entitled to sick or personal leave in accordance with employer policies, collective agreements or short-term disability insurance plans. The following are some forms of statutory leave which may apply to COVID-19 related absences.

First response – the law governing states of emergency in Canada

A declaration of a state of emergency is an extraordinary step for any level of government to take. Once declared, it provides a government with the ability to impose measures that can impact on nearly every facet of our daily lives. The following is an overview of how a government can declare a state of emergency and what powers accrue to a government from such a declaration.

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COVID-19 and investment protection

As the world grapples with COVID-19, we are seeing some of the most unprecedented State measures of our time. Measures causing severe financial damage to many businesses and industries. Where does that leave foreign investors? Will they be able to claim compensation?

Cayman Islands Employment Update

The first ever electronic meeting of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly on 23 April 2020 considered a number of pieces of legislation, largely in response to the COVID-19 emergency, that are likely to be of interest to local employers and employees. This note is intended to provide a brief overview of the key changes: some […]

Corona Crisis: Amendment of the obligation to file for insolvency in CEE

With the fourth law on COVID-19, the Austrian legislator has suspended the obligation of an overindebted debtor to file for insolvency until 30 June 2020, irrespective of the cause of the over-indebtedness. Some other countries in the CEE region have also adopted measures to combat the consequences of COVID-19 as detailed in the following overview…

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