Tag archives: Layoffs

US: California: San Francisco employees laid off due to COVID-19 may have reemployment rights under new ordinance

On July 3, San Francisco’s new “Back to Work” emergency ordinance took effect, requiring employers to rehire certain employees laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic when the employer seeks to fill the same position formerly held by the laid-off worker, or a substantially similar position. The ordinance will expire on September 2, 2020, but may continue if extended by the City of San Francisco.  For more information on the requirements of this new ordinance creating special reemployment rights, see our legal update, With San Francisco’s Back to Work Ordinance now in effect, employees laid-off due to COVID-19 Continue Reading

Reduction in work considerations for New York employers during the COVID-19 pandemic

It has been nearly one month since the “New York on PAUSE” Order was implemented to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that the Order will be extended until May 15, 2020, requiring non-essential businesses across New York to remain closed for at least an additional month.  With these ongoing restrictions, employers continue to navigate the evolving legal landscape with the understanding that business interruptions may not be as temporary as initially anticipated.  To stay afloat amidst these disruptions, companies may have to make difficult business decisions, including implementing layoffs, furloughs, and pay reductions for … Continue Reading

Temporary Layoff: Will It Always Result In Constructive Dismissal?

This article was prepared with the assistance of Michael Sherman, summer student, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Toronto)

What can a company do when hard times mean short-term downsizing?

That was the question answered by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Trites v Renin Corp, 2013 ONSC 2715.

Trites saw an established accounting firm, Renin Corp., facing hard times from the 2008 recession.  In an effort to save the business Renin began a program of temporary layoffs.  By 2011 Renin had not recovered and on November 15, Ms. Trites was laid off for a period of up to … Continue Reading

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