As we transition to new ways of operating against a backdrop of a volatile economic outlook, businesses are implementing strategies to ensure they can continue to operate in a rapidly changing and increasingly uncertain legal and regulatory landscape. Operational resilience and a clear strategy will be essential for organizations not only to survive, but to thrive, in 2021 and beyond. Whilst protecting public health still remains the priority, many organizations are facing challenges, including major disruption to their supply chains, meeting contractual obligations, bringing people back to the workplace and implications under funding arrangements. Many of these issues need to be navigated on a cross-border basis.
This Canadian resource hub identifies the key issues and provides practical guidance as well as innovative and strategic thinking from our lawyers across the country on the legal and regulatory challenges. Our multi-disciplinary team takes a holistic approach to risk management that spans business units, areas of law and national boundaries.
What the future will hold, as we attempt to shift towards a period of recovery, is unclear. However, we can certainly expect disruption for some time, and businesses will need the assistance of agile legal teams during this time and beyond.
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CCAA court decides tenant still “using” leased premises despite COVID-19 lockdowns
After a series of court cases in Quebec relating to the payment of rent in light of government-imposed restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic (COVID restrictions), the Superior Court of Québec rendered a decision of interest on January 5 in the context of the restructuring proceedings commenced by Groupe Dynamite Inc. and certain affiliates under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA).
Update: Confinement reinstated in Quebec
Since our last publication, order-in-council no. 2-2021 made on January 8, 2021, (Order in Council 2-2021) has been published by the Quebec government.
Confinement reinstated in Quebec: What employers need to know
The epidemiological situation having recently worsened in Quebec at the beginning of 2021, the province’s premier announced additional measures yesterday to “break the second wave” of the pandemic.
Housebound for the holidays
‘Tis the season for dealing with holiday pay, vacation requests and – though not merry – new health and safety measures and restrictions.
Relief for Ontario employers extended in time for the (soon-to-be locked down) holidays
Despite the recent announcement of Ontario’s province-wide lockdown now expected to come into effect on Boxing Day, employers may still find some cheer in learning that the COVID-19 period has recently been extended to July 3, 2021.
Strong medicine and a bitter pill: Ontario court upholds shotgun clause despite COVID-19 pandemic
Amid the deluge of high-profile 2020 decisions relating to the impact of COVID-19, there have been some less publicized but nevertheless instructive judgments on more conventional commercial issues.