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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Federal employers, the wait is over: New federal pay equity regime coming
Since the Pay Equity Act (the Act) received royal assent in December 2018, its coming into force has been highly anticipated.
Getting back on track: Mental health and a return to the workplace
As things continue to move in the right direction (vaccinations, declining infection numbers) employers and teleworking employees are contemplating a return to the physical workplace soon.
Return to work: Navigating employee requests to work from home for childcare
It has been over a year since COVID-19 first triggered a mass exodus from workplaces. Employees with young children have had to manage difficulties arising from school closures, virtual learning, and struggles to secure and maintain childcare.
A competing perspective: COVID-19-related layoffs are not constructive dismissals
Ontario employers struggling to manage their workforces during the COVID-19 pandemic received welcome news from a favourable Superior Court of Justice decision. In Taylor v Hanley Hospitality Inc., the court held that a temporary layoff caused by reasons related to COVID-19 did not constitute a constructive dismissal at common law.
COVID-19: the Superior Court of Quebec refuses to authorize a class action against 15 universities
In a judgment rendered on June 3, the Superior Court of Quebec refused to authorize the institution of a large-scale class action against 15 Quebec universities, 12 of which are represented by a team from our firm.