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With the vast amount of news regarding COVID-19 being delivered daily, Field Law is consolidating the most up-to-date and important information and providing resources relating to the implications for businesses and other organizations via this COVID-19 Portal.

Business

COVID-19: Force Majeure Clauses in Business Agreements - Webinar (March 31)

Patent Issues under Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Act (March 26)

Your Guide to the Federal COVID-19 Aid Legislation (March 25)

Additional Financial Support for Alberta Employers (March 25)

The Force Majeure Hit List – 7 Things You Need to Know (March 24)

Post-Crisis Planning – What Will You Do When the Crisis Ends? (March 23)

Will the Pandemic Impact Trademarks in Canada? (March 19)

Construction

Contractors and COVID-19: How Far Must We (and Can We) Go to Meet OHS Obligations? (March 30)

Construction Claims and COVID-19: What is Still Available? (March 24)

COVID-19 and Construction Contract Performance: Frustration When you Don’t Have a Force Majeure Clause (March 23)

Cross-Border Clients

Key Cross-Border Points for Canadians to Consider at this Time (March 20)

Labour + Employment

UPDATE: What Does the 75% Wage Subsidy Mean for Employers? (April 1)

What Does the 75% Wage Subsidy Mean for Employers? (March 27)

Virtual Workplace: Employers Can Rely on Electronic Employment Records (March 27)

COVID-19: Employment + Immigration Do’s and Don’ts - Webinar (March 20)

New Federal Support for Employees + Employers (March 19)

UPDATE: Alberta Government Announces Details of COVID-19 Leave (March 18)

Lock Down! Tips for Employers + Businesses Facing the Inevitable (March 17)

COVID-19: An Update for Employers (March 16)

An Employer's Guide to Managing the Coronavirus in the Workplace (Feb 3)

Immigration

This Just Tweeted… US Immigration Updates based on COVID-19 (March 31)

COVID-19 Impact on Immigration and Travel Ban (March 24)

Canadian Border Officials Halt most Deportations in face of COVID-19 (March 18)

Privacy + Data Management

Privacy + Data Management Considerations for Employers in a Pandemic - Webinar (April 1)

Professional Regulatory

COVID-19 + The Duty to Report (March 24)

Real Estate 

Landlords: How do you Spell (Rent) Relief? (March 24) 

Convening a Condominium AGM Amid Concerns over COVID-19? (March 18)

Wills, Estates + Trusts

Sticky Situation: Sticky Note Will Accepted by Alberta Court (March 16)

Helpful Links

Alberta Health Services

Government of Canada

NWT Health and Social Services 

Field Law - Remote Working (March 17)

Field Law - Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) (March 13) 

April 1, 2020
Privacy + Data Management Considerations for Employers in a Pandemic
Webinar
During a pandemic it can be difficult to balance employee privacy rights with the need to collect the information required to make critical decisions. Presented by Katrina Haymond and Kelly Nicholson, this webinar will provide employers with informatio...
April 1, 2020
UPDATE: What Does the 75% Wage Subsidy Mean for Employers?
The Government of Canada continues to announce details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “Subsidy”). On April 1, 2020, the following details were provided: The Subsidy is available to companies (including partnerships and sole p...
March 31, 2020
COVID-19: Force Majeure Clauses in Business Agreements
Webinar
Learn about force majeure clauses, and why context is important in interpreting how it might apply to your commercial contracts. Presented by Cameron Hughes and Richard Stobbe, this webinar will review the concept of “frustration” of contra...
March 31, 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Professional Regulators
The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting profound challenges world-wide stressing the capacity of societal institutions, businesses, and organizations. We know that our professional regulatory clients are facing extraordinarily difficult and unique challeng...
March 27, 2020
What Does the 75% Wage Subsidy Mean for Employers?  
On March 27, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that it would be increasing a previously announced wage subsidy for small and medium businesses from 10% to 75%. The stated goal is to help employers keep employees on the payroll. The wag...
March 25, 2020
Additional Financial Support for Alberta Employers
On March 23, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced new measures for private sector employers to help them cope with the financial effects of the COVID-19 crisis. They include: an Education property tax freeze an Education property tax deferra...
March 25, 2020
Your Guide to the Federal COVID-19 Aid Legislation
Bill C-13 today received royal assent, bringing into force many of the initiatives first announced by the federal government on March 18, 2020 in response to the challenges employees and employers are facing due to COVID-19. Part of Bill C-13 brou...
March 2020
Landlords: How do you Spell (Rent) Relief?
Alberta is now in its fifth year of a depressed economy, and the misery has recently been significantly worsened by the double blows of a severe drop in oil prices and a pandemic. Many Alberta businesses and non-profit organizations are suffering, and ...
March 2020
COVID-19 + The Duty to Report
Perspectives for the Professions
On March 17, 2020, Alberta declared a state of public health emergency “due to pandemic COVID-19 and the significant likelihood of pandemic influenza”.While in the normal course, a patient’s right to privacy is paramount, in the face ...
March 20, 2020
COVID-19: Employment + Immigration Do’s and Don’ts
Webinar
Learn what employers and employees can and can’t do during the pandemic, and how travel restrictions will affect Canadians. Presented by Christin Elawny and Miranda Sinclair this webinar will discuss up to date information on the ever-evolvi...
March 2020
Key Cross-Border Points for Canadians to Consider at this Time
Things are changing every day in the wake of COVID-19. Unanticipated consequences have begun to cause a fury of questions and unknowns.  The below aims to address both the immigration and tax concerns as it relates to those with assets and ties to...
March 19, 2020
New Federal Support for Employees + Employers
As part of a new $82 billion spending package, the federal government today announced that approximately $27 billion would be directed to support for employers and employees affected by the COVID-19 situation. Parliament could be recalled as early as n...
March 2020
Will the Pandemic Impact Trademarks in Canada? - An Update
With the significant disruptions to civil society, Canadian business owners face a host of immediate concerns. Trademarks and intellectual property are naturally lower on the list, and brand owners should take some comfort that there’s a bit of b...
March 18, 2020
UPDATE: Alberta Government Announces Details of COVID-19 Leave
On March 16, 2020, Field Law reported on the Alberta government’s plans to amend the Employment Standards Code to allow employees who are required to self-isolate or care for a family member with COVID-19 to take 14 days of paid leave to cover th...
March 2020
Canadian border officials halt most deportations in face of COVID-19
CBC
March 17, 2020
Field Law - Remote Working  
As the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, we are writing to update you on the steps Field Law is taking to ensure the well-being of our employees, clients, and our community. We continue to monitor updates from Alberta Health Servi...
March 16, 2020
COVID-19: An Update for Employers
Changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and an Updated Employer’s Guide to Managing Pandemics in the Workplace
While the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Alberta and the Northwest Territories remains low, the situation is fluid and changing quickly. As a result, employers worldwide are balancing the steps necessary to lessen the effects of COVID-19 with continui...
March 13, 2020
Field Law - Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to unfold, Field Law has taken steps to minimize the potential impact of the virus. As of March 12, all our offices (Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife) remain open and fully functioning.  In...
March 2020
Travelling soon? Here’s your Coronavirus Round-Up
Field Law Blog
February 2020
An Employer’s Guide to Managing the Coronavirus in the Workplace
Alert
While the public risk associated with the Coronavirus in Canada is still considered low, employers should prepare antidotes for the various workplaces issues that arise in the wake of large-scale threats to health. Below are some frequently asked quest...