Recent Eligibility Changes to the CERB

15. April 2020 0
The government is announcing changes to the eligibility rules for the CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit).  The CERB was established to support workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CERB provides $2,000 every four weeks for up to four months to workers who lose their income as a result of the pandemic.  The CERB covers ...

Understanding the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

09. April 2020 0
New details were provided this week regarding the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for employers.  The stated purpose of the subsidy is to help employers keep and return workers to their payroll.  The stated aim of the subsidy is to prevent further job losses, encourage employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result ...

FRUSTRATION OF CONTRACT DUE TO COVID-19 – ESA EXAMPLE

09. April 2020 0
With the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting virtually all industries, many businesses have been forced to temporarily close their doors or scale back their operations due to the nature of their business. This has resulted in employers considering their options and liabilities for reducing their workforce by laying off or terminating their employees. We discussed these ...

WorkSafe BC provides Guidance to Employers during the Pandemic

03. April 2020 0
WorkSafe BC has published guidelines for employers on preventing exposure to Covid-19 in the workplace.  The guidelines emphasize that the Orders from the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre of Disease Control are the minimum standards that must be met by all employers to comply with their duty to provide a safe work environment.  ...

NEW DETAILS ABOUT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE

01. April 2020 0
Further details were provided today by Prime Minister Trudeau and Finance Minister Morneau with respect to the 75% wage subsidy announced on Friday (the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)).  The wage subsidy provides government funding for eligible businesses for a period of up to three months, retroactive to March 15.  The wage subsidy is equivalent ...

QUICK SUMMARY OF OPTIONS FOR REDUCING WORKFORCE DURING COVID-19

Our Workplace Law Group is regularly receiving questions about employers needing to reduce their workforce during this difficult time.  These questions tie into several of our recent blog posts about the different options available to employers.  Here is a quick summary of those questions and our condensed/summary answers. Question 1- what are my options for ...

A BREAKDOWN OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR CANADIAN BUSINESSES

30. March 2020 0
Today, Prime Minister Trudeau provided broad details regarding the support for Canadian businesses announced on Friday.  Further details are anticipated tomorrow.  The focus of the government is to help ensure that employees are receiving a pay check and maintaining their employment, even if they are not able to work right now.  The goal of the ...

COVID-19 GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS

27. March 2020 0
The government this morning announced major support for Canada medium and small businesses.  There are limited details available today with Prime Minister Trudeau indicating that the details will be rolled out by Monday, March 30.  The PM  indicated that the plan is being put in place to ensure that businesses are able to continue to ...

An Update on COVID-19 Essential Services

27. March 2020 0
On March 26, 2020, B.C. Public Safety Minister, Mike Farnworth, released a list of essential services as part of the government’s further measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.  According to the province, essential services are “those daily services essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning. They are the services British ...