Coronavirus/COVID-19

WHAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD KNOW

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, both in the UK and globally, employers may be wondering what measures they should be taking and what rights their employees have.

Read our blog where we take a look at the most commonly asked questions.

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HOW TO ASSIST WITH THE MEDICAL SUPPLY SHORTAGE

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop across Canada, medical professionals anticipate that there could be a shortage in medical supplies and equipment. While all levels of government have been taking steps to respond to COVID-19 and to obtain necessary supplies, they have also reached out to the private sector to assist. Read the full article.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS

There are several types of employment insurance benefits available to individuals during this difficult time. Read the full article.

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E-WILLS & LEGISLATIVE CHANGE A NECESSITY IN THE COVID-19 CRISIS

The Ontario Government has ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday March 24th at 11:59 pm for a 14 day period, with the potential of lengthening that period as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. While the professional services of lawyers have been listed as one of the essential workplaces excluded from the mandatory closure, the delivery of estate planning legal services is particularly challenging in these trying times. Read the full article.

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LITIGATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: IS YOUR MATTER URGENT?

On March 17, 2020, the Ontario Superior Court began restricting the matters that would be heard amidst COVID-19 concerns. For civil and commercial matters in Toronto, the Court will only be hearing matters related to outstanding warrants or urgent and time sensitive motions that pose a risk of immediate and significant financial repercussions if they are not dealt with. This leaves an important question unanswered: what is considered urgent? Read the full article.

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New Measures of Assistance for Workers and Employers

By Eliab Taïrou and Marianne Poliquin

March 26, 2020 — RSS’s Labour and Employment Law Practice Group closely monitors developments with measures taken by the federal and Quebec governments to support employers and their workforce.

For instance, as of April 2020, Canada will be implementing a new Canada Emergency Response Benefit, that will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

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New Measures of Assistance for Workers and Employers

RSS’s Labour and Employment Law Practice Group closely monitors developments with measures taken by the federal and Quebec governments to support employers and their workforce.

For instance, as of April 2020, Canada will be implementing a new Canada Emergency Response Benefit, that will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

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Update on Measures Taken by Government Departments in view of Covid-19 Pandemic

Restriction on Collection of Fees by Schools in Uttarakhand:

Uttarakhand Education Department has released a circular on March 25, 2020 restricting all CBSE, ICSE and other boards affiliated aided and un-aided schools within Uttarakhand from collection of fees till re-opening of the schools. All schools within Uttarakhand have been directed not to force the parents for immediate deposit of the fees in view of the ongoing lockdown on account of the Covid-19 pandemic. The fees shall be collected only upon re-opening of the schools.

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Temporary Benefit Strategies to Immediately Help Workers: Benefits Guidance in the Time of COVID-19

The closure orders issued by federal and state government authorities across the United States have resulted in the reduction and loss of income for a significant percentage of the U.S. workforce. On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Report Act (the “Coronavirus Act”), effective April 2, 2020, providing relief for certain eligible families, employers and businesses. Further legislation is on the horizon. Meanwhile, under existing law, the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) permits employers to provide some immediate and direct employee assistance on a tax-favored basis.

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IRS allowing more time to file federal tax returns and pay federal income taxes

The IRS has announced that taxpayers will be allowed to defer until July 15, 2020 the filing of their federal income tax returns and the payment of their federal income taxes that were otherwise due on April 15, 2020. The new due date is July 15, 2020. READ MORE 

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