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Temporary Lay-off Period Extended in Newfoundland and Labrador

On June 12, 2020, legislation was passed temporarily amending the Labour Standards Act (the “Act”) to extend the period of temporary layoff contemplated in the Act. Background Previously, under section 49 of the Act, an employee on temporary layoff for a period exceeding 13 weeks over a consecutive 20 week period would be considered to […]

Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 Response – Information for Businesses

This article was revised to include updates as of June 8, 2020 On March 18, 2020, the Minister of Health and Community Services for Newfoundland and Labrador declared a Public Health Emergency under the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act. This declaration continues in effect; along with the accompanying Orders under the Act, and has […]

Employee Refusals to Work:  Employer Rights and Obligations under OHS...

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, and statistics flooding news and social media either are, or may be, contributing to health and safety concerns and apprehension on the part of employees of open and operating workplaces.  For businesses whose operations have continued, ensuring that employees continue to show up for work is critical, […]

COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Essential Services in Atlantic Canada

In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, provinces and territories across Canada have taken action to protect the public and “flatten the curve”. This article provides an explanation of the various measures taken by provincial governments in Atlantic Canada as it pertains to COVID-19, as well as information for employers with regard to […]

COVID-19 – How Employers Can Manage the Workplace in These...

As the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, the growing impact of COVID-19 is being felt with each passing day. We know that things are changing rapidly and we want to ensure you have the information you need for dealing with COVID-19 in the workplace. Symptoms of COVID-19 in the Workplace If an employee […]

How to Prepare for Coronavirus in the Workplace

As global concerns are on the rise, and in light of yesterday’s news of the first presumptive case of Coronavirus in Atlantic Canada, employers in this region should consider how to respond if the Coronavirus presents within the workplace. What is Coronavirus? COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, is a virus which may cause symptoms […]

Workplace Investigations: Navigating Respectful Workplace Policies

On Friday, May 10th, members of Cox & Palmer’s Regional Employment & Labour group, as well as special guest Leslie Macleod, founder of the conflict resolution services firm Leslie H. Macleod & Associates, presented a webinar titled, “Workplace Investigations: Navigating Respectful Workplace Policies.” This webinar provided an overview of respectful workplace policy investigations and how […]

#MeToo and Your Corporate Culture

Over a year has passed since October 15, 2017, the date that Alyssa Milano famously tweeted #MeToo, as a show of support for those who asserted they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Harvey Weinstein and to seek to illustrate the magnitude of the problem. Within 24 hours, the tweet generated more than 12 million […]

Preparing for Cannabis Legalization: Federal and Atlantic Canadian Regulations

The legalization of cannabis has been set for October 17, 2018. This transformation will have a significant impact on employers as well as the general public, and yet for many, the impending legalization is shrouded in uncertainty.

Recent Changes Affect Parental and Maternity Leave in Atlantic Canada

In December 2017, the federal government introduced major changes to maternal and parental employment insurance (EI) benefits.