Journal 2019-08-15T07:58:54-04:00


Otherwise known as
Michael’s soapbox

This Journal will share information and thoughts on a broad range of workplace issues and developments.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act

March 25, 2020|

As you will know, on March 17, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced that it was declaring an emergency under section 7.0.1(1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.  The order was confirmed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and will remain in effect until March 31, 2020 (the order may be shortened or extended).  The purpose of the order is to “promote the public good by protecting the health, safety and welfare [...]

COVID-19 High Level Redux

March 22, 2020|

It's difficult to keep up with all of the COVID-19 related developments in Ontario and Federally.  Here are some of them (by no means all) in a somewhat chronological order. On March 11, 2020 the Federal government announced changes to Canada’s sick leave benefits under the Employment Insurance Act to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic - these appear to be limited to "workers in quarantine or who have been directed to self-isolate".  It [...]

COVID-19 Job Protection Leave

March 19, 2020|

The Ontario government passed, in an emergency session, Bill 186 Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 which amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to address when emergency leave is available to employees in case of infectious disease emergencies.  The amendments come into force on March 19, 2020 and is retroactive to January 25, 2020, the date the first presumptive COVID-19 case was confirmed in Ontario.  The government has released a Backgrounder which provides: [...]

Prime Minister Announces New COVID-19 Initiatives

March 18, 2020|

The US and Canada have agreed to temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the border.  A notable exception is for essential travel that will continue and will maintain supply chains between both countries. The Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.  Some more detailed information can be found at Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses.  Among other things: Longer-Term Income Support [...]

COVID-19 – New Normal at Least for Awhile

March 17, 2020|

The rapid spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (“WHO”) and governments are implementing drastic and unprecedented measures to flatten the pandemic's curve, avert an economic collapse and assist businesses, while financially and otherwise helping citizens carry on through these uncertain and anxious times. The situation is fluid and developments are occurring almost by the hour if not the minute.  There is no consistency [...]

Fitzgibbon Workplace Law Newsletter (Volume 2, Issue 5)

September 26, 2019|

Here is the Fitzgibbon Workplace Law Newsletter (Volume 2, Issue 5) that contains the following articles: When is a Settlement a “Settlement”? Withdrawal of Grievances - Is that With or Without Prejudice? Including Benefits in a Termination Clause Shares and Bonuses on Termination Interim Measures in Workplace Harassment Cases Tribunal Adjudicative Records Act, 2019 in Force Prima Facie Discrimination and Addiction - Take 2

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