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Faire face à la situation : Ressources de Norton Rose Fulbright Canada sur la pandémie en droit de l’emploi et du travail

La situation liée à la COVID-19 au Canada évolue et change de jour en jour. Voici des ressources que nous avons préparées pour aider les employeurs à y faire face.   Guides d’information destinés aux clients à l’échelle pancanadienne Notre guide portant sur les programmes de secours anoncés au Canada pour faire face à la … Continue reading

Stay on top of it: Norton Rose Fulbright Canada’s employment & labour resources on the pandemic

The COVID-19 situation in Canada evolves and changes every day. Below are resources we’ve prepared to assist employers to stay on top of it.   Cross-jurisdictional guides Our guide on government relief programs announced in light of COVID-19 Publication date: April 1, 2020 Guide to COVID-19: Government Relief Programs in Canada Our first guide to … Continue reading

Exigences relatives aux langues officielles en situation de pandémie : Mise en garde à l’intention des institutions fédérales

Comme plusieurs, les institutions fédérales doivent surmonter le défi monumental que posent la gestion de la situation entourant la COVID-19 et l’obligation d’assurer le respect d’un certain nombre d’exigences légales, notamment celles de la Loi sur les langues officielles (« LLO »). La pandémie de COVID-19 exerce une pression sur les ressources financières et humaines des institutions … Continue reading

Official language requirements in a pandemic: A word of caution for federal institutions

Like many, federal institutions are facing the capital challenge of managing COVID-19 and ensuring compliance with a number of legal requirements, including those under the Official Languages Act (the “OLA”). The COVID-19 pandemic is causing stress on both financial and human resources of federal institutions. In such circumstances, federal Institutions are making difficult choices on … Continue reading

US: DOL issues guidance on coronavirus paid leave rule and clarifies coverage for stay-at-home orders

On April 1, 2020, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued a temporary rule providing key guidance on paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The rule clarifies that employees covered under a federal, state or local stay–at-home order may be eligible for paid FFCRA leave but only if work or telework … Continue reading

Pandemic Q&As: Walking off the job, limitation periods, symptomatic employees and human rights considerations

In this blog post, we provide answers to the following four questions posed by Ontario employers: Can my employees walk off the job for fear of contracting COVID-19? Do I still need to meet my filing deadlines? One of my employees reported having COVID-19 after reporting to work for several days—what do I do? Is … Continue reading

Foire aux questions sur la pandémie : Quitter le travail, délais de prescription, employés symptomatiques et questions de droits de la personne

Dans cet article de blogue, nous répondons aux quatre questions suivantes que se posent les employeurs ontariens : Mes employés peuvent-ils quitter leur travail par crainte de contracter la COVID-19? Dois-je toujours respecter mes échéances de dépôt? L’un de mes employés a déclaré être atteint de la COVID-19 après s’être présenté au travail pendant plusieurs jours … Continue reading

US: Employer obligations for COVID-19 mandated remote work expenses (California and beyond)

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, many employers are requiring their employees to work remotely (either voluntarily or because several states, including California and New York, have imposed social distancing restrictions). The new work-from-home reality has implications for employers with workers employed in California and other states, as described in COVID-19: Working from home and … Continue reading

US DOL issues new guidance on COVID-19 paid sick and family leave

The US Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance which answers a number of key questions on the new federal coronavirus paid sick leave and emergency Family and Medical Leave Act leave, including when the law takes effect, how to count employees for purposes of the 500-employee threshold, how to treat related employers and other key … Continue reading

New York’s new coronavirus-related leave requirements

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, New York State enacted a law requiring that New York State employers provide job-protected time off (in some cases, paid time off) to employees who are affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in certain ways (the “NY COVID-19 Law”). The NY COVID-19 Law requires that, for each employee who is … Continue reading

US: New key COVID-19 employment and labor issues

COVID-19, the 2019 novel coronavirus (“COVID-19” or the “coronavirus”) continues to stress US employers attempting to prevent the disease from spreading in their workplaces while continuing to operate effectively. With each passing day, health authorities provide more information about the spread of the disease and federal, state and local governments impose additional restrictions that impact … Continue reading

United States federal coronavirus law requires some employers to provide paid leave

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provides relief to families and workers facing the global coronavirus pandemic. The FFCRA provides: (1) free diagnostic testing for coronavirus; (2) food assistance to low-income pregnant women and mothers with young children, food banks, seniors and students; (3) … Continue reading

US employment law considerations for COVID-19 coronavirus

COVID-19, the 2019 novel coronavirus (“COVID-19” or the “coronavirus”) is naturally on the minds of US employers as the number of cases in the US continues to rise. Although the Centers for Disease Control is still advising that most people in the US have a low immediate risk of exposure, that could change and employers … Continue reading

This is not a locker room: Do not publicly criticize your employees

Toronto Raptors head coach  recently made headlines for unfiltered comments about his team members. This season, he has publicly called out a number of them for their poor performances. Some have commended him for giving team members the motivation they needed to perform better – by providing them with “tough love” instead of sugar-coating the truth about … Continue reading

La modération a bien meilleur goût – Retour sur l’affaire Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique du Québec inc. et Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (SÉPAQ)

Dans une récente décision[1] du Tribunal administratif du travail (TAT), le juge administratif Sylvain Allard  a jugé que le contenu des communiqués de la Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (SÉPAQ) exprimant, en période de négociations, son mécontentement relativement à un avis de grève et aux demandes syndicales violait l’article 12 du Code … Continue reading

Criminal negligence causing death – Employer gets a stiff sentence

In a recent decision[1], the Court of Québec (Criminal and Penal Division) handed down a sentence against C.F.G. Construction Inc. The business was found guilty [2] of criminal negligence causing the death of one of its workers pursuant to the provisions of the Criminal Code[3] governing criminal responsibility, a statute better known as “Act C-21” … Continue reading

Négligence criminelle causant la mort – Peine sévère imposée à un employeur

Dans une récente décision[1], la Cour du Québec (Chambre criminelle et pénale) s’est prononcée quant à la détermination de la peine à l’encontre de l’entreprise C.F.G. Construction inc. Cette entreprise avait été déclarée coupable[2] de négligence criminelle causant la mort de l’un de ses employés, en vertu des dispositions du Code criminel[3] traitant de la … Continue reading

An employee’s higher pay during notice period won’t retroactively mitigate earlier damages

The Divisional Court recently released a decision that helps to clarify the law on mitigation of damages in wrongful dismissal cases. The Court held that if a dismissed employee gets a new job during his or her notice period that pays more than the employee’s previous job, the employee’s surplus earnings can’t serve to reduce … Continue reading

Les Interprétations, politiques et guides fournissent des lignes directrices pratiques aux employeurs en lien avec les modifications du 1er septembre 2019 du Code canadien du travail

Le 1er septembre 2019, une série de nouvelles modifications apportées au Code canadien du travail (« Code ») sont entrées en vigueur et ont eu une incidence sur les heures de travail et repos, les heures supplémentaires, l’assouplissement des conditions d’emploi, les congés annuels bonifiés ainsi que les congés rémunérés et non rémunérés. Le Programme du travail du … Continue reading

Interpretations, Policies and Guidelines offer practical guidance to employers on the September 1, 2019 amendments under Canada Labour Code

On September 1, 2019, a series of new amendments under the Canada Labour Code (“Code”) came into force, affecting hours of work and rest, overtime, flexible work arrangements, enhanced vacation entitlements, paid leaves and unpaid leaves. The federal government’s Labour Program has since published a number of Interpretations, Policies and Guidelines (“IPGs”), whose aim is … Continue reading

Hausse du salaire minimum au Québec

À compter du 1er mai 2020, le salaire minimum au Québec sera haussé de 0,60 $ l’heure, pour atteindre 13,10 $ l’heure, soit une augmentation de 4,8 % par rapport au salaire minimum en vigueur (12,50 $ l’heure)[i]. Le Québec emboîte ainsi le pas à l’Alberta, à l’Ontario et à la Colombie-Britannique en haussant le … Continue reading

Employers should be careful about terminating employment around the holidays

While it’s always important for employers to be professional when dismissing an employee, employers would be wise to exercise extra care if they have to let someone go during the holiday season. Canadian courts have long cautioned employers to avoid being unduly insensitive in the way they dismiss employees. Courts don’t look kindly on terminations … Continue reading

A Festive Reminder: Employee Entitlements during the Holiday Season

As 2020 quickly approaches, there are a number of upcoming statutory holidays that would trigger obligations of employers to their employees. Below, we have summarized some the most important obligations of provincially regulated employers in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, as well as federally regulated employers, to their employees with respect to the upcoming … Continue reading
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