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COVID-19 and Amazon: You Are Fired! — Health and Safety in the Workplace vs The Right of Association

By Eliab Taïrou and Marianne Poliquin, from our Labour and Employment Law Group

April 3, 2020 — In case you missed it, it was reported in the news that on March 30, 2020, Amazon had fired a New York warehouse worker who had led a walkout on the same day over coronavirus concerns.

The stance of Amazon is that the worker, Chris Smalls, had been ordered to quarantine at home with pay for 14 days as he had been in close contact with a co-worker who was declared positive to the virus. Despite such instructions, the worker came on site and further put the teams at risk. Amazon immediately terminated the worker citing multiple safety issues. Amazon also affirmed that the company takes extreme measures for safety.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Estate Planning: Quebec is Ahead of the Curve

By Marilyn Piccini Roy, Ad. E., and William Dion-Bernard, from our Estates, Wills and Trusts Practice Group

April 3, 2020 — While we are witnessing the unfolding of unprecedented times, the coronavirus pandemic should also serve as a stark reminder of the importance of keeping your estate planning documents current. Although we do not presently and, perhaps will not for some time in the future, have the luxury of face-to-face personal meetings with our clients to review and up-date their estate plan, we are available remotely to serve clients’ needs in this extraordinarily challenging time.

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COVID-19: RSS’s Response

From day one of the crisis that we are living, RSS has sprung to action to face the situation.

We have explored the legal aspects of the situations arising from the pandemic. The legal system is surely hit by the pandemic; but it also brings solutions. RSS wishes to bring to your attention the results of some of these analyses.

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An Insurer Successfully Raises the Damage to Property Rented Exclusion

By Patricia Baram, from our Insurance Law Practice Group

In a judgment rendered on February 10, 2020, Loue Froid inc. c. Ville de Longueuil, 2020 QCCS 447, the Superior Court dismisses the City of Longueuil’s demand [the “City”] that Compagnie d’assurance AIG du Canada [the “insurer”] take up its defence against a legal action instituted by Plaintiff Loue Froid Inc. [“Loue Froid”].

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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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Lawsuit Against a Municipality: Beware of Prescription!

By Zachary Ouimet, from our Insurance Law Practice Group

March 26, 2020 — A recent judgment reminds us that, as a general rule, an action for damages against a municipality must be brought within six months of the first sign of the occurrence of the damage, even though the extent of the damage may not necessarily be known and may not have fully materialized.

In Martin c. Ville de Magog, 2020 QCCS 182, the Honourable Justice Gaétan Dumas dismissed a lawsuit instituted by the plaintiffs allowing a ground of dismissal on the basis that the action was prescribed under section 586 of the Cities and Towns Act [“CTA”].

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COVID-19 —Family Law Communiqué

March 25, 2020 — Dear clients,

The current crisis affects almost all aspects of our lives.

However, we would like to take this opportunity to let you know that we continue to be here to serve you during these difficult times. The COVID-19 virus and the public health measures adopted to combat it may raise questions concerning custody, parental authority, alimentary obligations or the negotiation of your divorce (or any other matter that may arise) in the coming weeks.

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Our Approach to COVID-19

March 16, 2020 — At RSS, protecting the health and safety of our employees and their families, of our business partners and of our customers is our highest priority, which is why we constantly monitor the information and recommendations made by our governments and the World Health Organization.

Accordingly, we have put in place a business continuity plan to continue to provide you with the level of service you are entitled to expect. Thus, our offices in Montreal, Saint-Jérôme and Saguenay remain open. However, the firm’s technology infrastructure and telework policy allow our employees to continue their work as usual from home if it becomes necessary to close our offices.

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COVID-19: A Guide for the Employers

By Eliab Taïrou, from our Labour and Employment Law Practice Group

March 11, 2020 — According to the WHO, 109,577 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus disease have been confirmed worldwide, including 3,809 deaths, as of March 9, 2020. In the last 24 hours as of March 9, these figures include 3,993 new cases and 225 deaths. In Canada, there have been 77 confirmed cases according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Agency is maintaining its assessment of a low risk to the Canadian population at this time, while noting that the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of more severe outcomes.

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