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.

Sobering Numbers on the Impact of COVID-19 from Statistics Canada

April 29, 2020|

I wanted to mention a few surveys from Statistics Canada that came out over the past few days: Labour Force Survey, March 2020 Canadian Perspectives Survey Series 1: COVID-19 and working from home, 2020 Canadian Survey on Business Conditions: Impact of COVID-19 on businesses in Canada, March 2020 Much of the information in these reports merely confirms what we all know - COVID-19 has had a decimating impact on employees, employers and the economy.  The question was the extent [...]

CEWS Applications Start on April 27, 2020

April 24, 2020|

The House of Commons unanimously passed Bill C-14, A second Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19 (also known as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) (“CEWS”) and the government has a Revised Backgrounder. Employers will be able to apply for the CEWS starting at 6 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 2020 through the My Business Account or Represent a Client. When the employer applies for the CEWS it will be asked to [...]

WSIB Financial Relief Package and Adjudicative Approach

April 23, 2020|

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) has announced its Financial Relief Package under businesses can defer premium reporting and payments until August 31, 2020.  The deferral applies to businesses irrespective of whether they report and pay monthly, quarterly or annually based on their insurable earnings.  According to the WSIB the following payments are eligible for deferral: Monthly: March 31, April 30, May 31, June 30, July 31, Aug 31 Quarterly: April 30, July 31 Annual: April 30 Furthermore, [...]

Just Cause, Investigations and Exemplary Damages

April 14, 2020|

The Provincial Court of British Columbia recently considered the issue of exemplary damages where the employer alleges just cause for termination, but fails to meet the onus upon it.  The case is Zaranski v. JR Canada Restaurant Group Ltd., 2020 BCPC 49.  The plaintiff commenced employment with JR Canada on April 26, 2017 as the Financial Controller.  She signed an employment contract that included a severance provision allowing the employer to terminate her [...]

Fitzgibbon Workplace Law COVID-19 Alert (CEWS)

April 13, 2020|

The Fitzgibbon Workplace Law COVID-19 Alert is out and deals with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

Proposed Changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

April 9, 2020|

Finance Minister Morneau and Prime Minister Trudeau confirmed on April 8, 2020 that access to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy has been relaxed.  The government has provided opposition parties with a copy of a draft bill and a date for the return Parliament to debate the bill has not been finalized. There was considerable push back by business about the rigidity of the original wage subsidy proposal, particularly about the calculation of the [...]

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