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The Practice of Notaries in Times of Coronavirus

By Patricia Baram, from our Insurance Law Practice Group

May 8, 2020 — As is the case for many industries, notaries are confronted with many challenges due to the crisis related to COVID-19 virus which is affecting the entire province.

While notaries are considered an essential service according to the list established by the Quebec government, the ministerial order 2020-010 dated March 27, 2020 allows them, during the state of emergency, to sign a notarized deed remotely. Below is a brief overview of the guidelines put in place by the Chambre des notaires du Québec, as well as some of the issues to consider with regards to the implementation of this new measure, which remains temporary for now.

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Gradual Resumption of Business Activity in Quebec

By Nicolas Pfister, from our Insurance Law Practice Group

A long-awaited moment has arrived, with the resumption of economic activity in certain sectors of activity considered non-essential. The Quebec Government’s policy is one of caution, and it is proposing a gradual opening plan that will be spread out over the summer. We wish to mention at the outset that this plan is subject to revision if the sanitary situation in Quebec is no longer under control.

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The RSS Business Law Practice Group: Still Active Despite COVID-19

By Annie Claude Beauchemin and Herbert Z. Pinchuk, from our Business Law Practice Group

May 5, 2020 — The RSS Business Law Practice Group is here to help. Although we are rigorously respecting governmental guidelines in order to protect public health, we remain fully connected to the business world and remain ready to assist you through this difficult period.

As certain restrictions on businesses ease, we are here to guide and counsel you as you cope with current challenges or prepare to resume your business activities and operations.

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COVID-19: Managing Discipline and Absences for Medical Reasons in the Context of Restarting a Business

By Eliab Taïrou, from our Labour and Employment Law Group, and Sydney Warshaw, from our Business Law Group

May 4, 2020 — While we wait for a vaccine, the time has come to prepare your business for the resumption of regular activities, if you have not already done so. To this end, a prudent employer will be well advised to put together a discipline management plan in line with the required health and safety instructions as well as a plan for managing absenteeism for medical reasons.

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The Employer’s Obligation to Protect Employees’ Mental Health When Activities Resume

By Marianne Poliquin, from our Labour and Employment Law Group

May 4, 2020 — On April 28, 2020, the Quebec government announced a gradual recovery in economic activity. Some reopenings will take place in manufacturing, construction and retail.

As an employer, you are required by the Act respecting occupational health and safety to take the necessary steps to protect your workers’ health and safety. Therefore, not only will you have to follow the health guidelines provided by the government when you resume your activities, but you will also have to ensure that your employees comply with them.

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The Demand Letter: A Tool That Should Not Be Underestimated

By Stéphanie Beauchamp, from our Insurance Law Practice Group

May 1, 2020 — Sending a demand letter is part of the usual process of most recovery files. It is sent at different points in time, depending on the way the claim is handled, and on the elements revealed during the investigation. People usually send it automatically, without necessarily understanding all of its implications. What is the actual purpose of the demand letter? What should it contain? Is it always mandatory? Here are a few reminders.

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Recall to Work After the Pandemic: Everything Will Finally be Alright.

By David Paradis, from our Labour and Employment Law Group

May 1, 2020 — Few are the entrepreneurs who did not have to make heart-breaking decisions when the COVID-19 pandemic struck last March: reduction of work hours, temporary wage reductions and, regretfully, terminations and layoffs.

If the governmental emergency measures[1] have offered a certain respite on the hardships endured by the workers and employers alike, both anticipate the eventual return to a certain form of normalcy. Looking forward to the progressive reopening of given economic sectors as of the coming May 4 and 11, here are a few practical tips to keep in mind when planning the recall to work of laid off employees.[2]

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Postponement of Business Declarations Until September 2020

By Sharon G. Druker, from our Business Law Practice Group

April 30, 2020 — Federal corporations, non-profit organizations and cooperatives generally must file their annual returns and pay the annual fees within 60 days of the anniversary date of their creation. However, Corporations Canada has recently announced that all such entities whose anniversary date falls between February 1 and June 1, 2020 now have until September 30, 2020 to do so. Corporations created under a special act of Parliament and which would otherwise have to file between April 1 and June 1, 2020 now also have until September 30, 2020 to do so.

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Companies May Hold Remote Meetings, Despite Governing Documents

By Sharon G. Druker, from our Business Law Practice Group

April 29, 2020 — By press release dated April 27, 2020, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec announced that for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency, legal persons who must hold meetings of their boards of directors, shareholders (in the case of a corporation) and members (in the case of non-profit organizations) can do so remotely, even if their governing documents require in-person attendance or actually prohibit participation in meetings by technological means. This includes corporations, non-profit legal persons governed by Part III of the Companies Act (Quebec), cooperatives (for both annual and special meetings), partnerships, syndicates of co-owners, professional orders, the council of commissioners of a school board and the governing board of an elementary or high school.

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Approaching the First of the Month During a Pandemic for Commercial Landlords and Tenants

By Sydney Warshaw, Sara Laraichi and Herbert Z. Pinchuk, from our Business Law Practice Group

April 28, 2020 — On April 16th, Prime Minister Trudeau announced a new measure to support small businesses struggling to pay their monthly rent. The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program will be a partnership between the Federal and Provincial Governments to offer forgivable loans to commercial property owners, who can then pass these resources onto their small business tenants for the months of April (retroactively), May, and June.

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