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CIBC Bank Employees Win a Class Action for Unpaid Overtime

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled in favour of the employees in the unpaid overtime class action case brought against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”). The decision in Fresco v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, 2020 ONSC 75, is a landmark decision and an important affirmation of one of the key elements …

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Ontario Reopening Plan: How to Return to Work After COVID-19

On April 28, 2020, Premier Doug Ford provided the framework including a 3-stage process for Ontario’s Reopening Plan after COVID-19. The reopening will be gradual and will occur in stages. There will be two-to-four weeks between the launch of each stage to allow provincial health officials to assess conditions before moving to the next one. The …

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Law Firms Should Think Twice Before Withdrawing Articling Offers

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Ontario businesses to slow down or halt operations entirely. The impact of this economic downturn has affected virtually every industry in the province. Most recently, some legal employers have rescinded articling contracts for recent law school graduates (articling is a mandatory 10-month paid internship prior to becoming a lawyer). …

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Working from Home During COVID-19: You Could Deduct Home Office Expenses

The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused several businesses to shut down, resulting in many employees working from home to the extent that their work can be performed remotely. Many employees now work out of home offices, can they deduct office expenses for the remote work performed? Reimbursement of Equipment for Teleworking up to $500 Recently …

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Is Your Summer Internship Cancelled Due to COVID-19? Here’s What To Do (Updated June 18, 2020)

Close to a million students between the ages of 15 and 24 enter the job market during the summer, and nearly 100,000 students take part in co-op programs. Professions such as engineering, law, architecture, healthcare, human resources, business, public sector professions, technology, insurance, and law enforcement, offer a variety of internships during the summer break. …

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Managing and Conducting Workplace Investigations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Workplace investigations can help ensure employers are not only compliant with the law, but also help identify workplace issues, take corrective measures and take steps to prevent them from reoccurring.  However, with the COVID-19 pandemic and court closure till June, should workplace investigations continue? What is a workplace investigation? As the name suggests, a workplace …

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COVID-19: Canadian Wage Subsidies, Small Businesses and the Self-Employed

On April 11, 2020, Bill C-14, “A second Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19,” received royal assent and became law. The new act implements an emergency 75% wage subsidy for a 12-week period commencing on March 15, 2020, and continuing until August 29, 2020 (the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy). The legislation is enacted …

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New Virtual Commissioning of Legal Documents – A Positive Development

To keep citizens safe, Ontario has deemed certain businesses essential and requested all other businesses to close their physical locations. Subsequently, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has created new regulations to allow those who provide legal services to work from home and to conduct many essential duties online, one of which is commissioning documents. …

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