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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)

Cannabis

COVID-19 and the Impact on the Cannabis Industry (July 29)

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)

Immigration

Exceptions, Resumptions and Some Restrictions: Canada-US Border Update (June 5)

COVID-19 Immigration Update (May 13)

Top 10 Immigration Questions Answered (April 6)

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)

Insurance

Navigating Business Interruption Claims Due to COVID-19 - Webinar (April 15)

Business Interruption Claims Due to COVID-19 (April 2)

Intellectual Property + Technology

Will the Pandemic Impact Trademarks in Canada? - An Update (April 27)

Signing Contracts in a Distanced World (April 22)

Labour + Employment

UPDATE: CERB Extension and Changes to Employment Insurance (Aug 24)

Working from Home: Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic (Aug 6)

Update: Proposed Changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) (July 21)

Highlights of Bill 32: Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act (July 13)

WFH: Policies + Considerations Beyond the Pandemic -Webinar (July 8)

Bill 24: A Further Extension of the Temporary Layoff Period to 180 Days (June 30)

CERB Extension – What Does This Mean for Employers? (June 30)

Ready for Re-Launch! – Practical Advice for Employer “Return to the Workplace” Planning Amidst COVID-19 (June 18)

What to do When an Employee Resigns after Being Recalled to Return to Work (June 12)

Employees are Afraid to Return to Work. Now What?  (May 19)

We said “Back to work!” They said “We refuse!” Now what? - Webinar (May 13)

Lay-offs vs. Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: Pros + Cons - Webinar (April 22)

The Nuts + Bolts of the CEWS for Employers (April 16)

Roadmap for Employers Navigating COVID-19 (April 16)

Eight Things to Know About the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (April 13)

Eligibility Requirements for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (April 9)

Suspended or Not? Limitation Periods in Employment Law (April 8)

Temporary Changes to Alberta Employment Standards Legislation (April 6)

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)

Privacy + Data Management

Privacy for Health Care Organizations: What Has Changed and What Hasn’t? - Webinar (July 7)

The ABTraceTogether App - Key Privacy Considerations (May 20)

Returning to Campus During a Pandemic: Privacy Issues (May 15)

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

Professional Regulatory

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

Real Estate 

Commercial Tenancies Protection Act (Alberta) (June 22)

Condo Corporations Now Permitted to Access Reserve Funds in “Emergencies” (June 3)

No Contractors Allowed: Court Calls Condo Matter “Urgent” (April 8)

Tackling COVID-19 and Minimizing Risk: Considerations for Alberta Condominium Corporations (April 3)

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

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

Wills, Estates + Trusts

Virtual Witnessing of Wills in Alberta Not so Clear (May 26)

Remote Witnessing of Wills, Enduring Power of Attorneys, and Personal Directives Arrives in Alberta (May 21)

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) 

August 2020 - 1 min read
UPDATE: CERB Extension and Changes to Employment Insurance
The Federal government has announced a four- week extension to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).As explained by the Government of Canada, the CERB is being extended from 24 weeks to 28 weeks for workers who: stopped working due to COVID...
July 2020 - 4 min read
COVID-19 and the Impact on the Cannabis Industry
Keeping Up With Cannabis
Cannabis retail outlets, producers, manufacturers, distributors and warehouses were deemed to be essential services by the Alberta Government on March 30, 2020. As a result, cannabis businesses and services can and have continued to serve Albertans thr...
July 2020 - 1 min read
Update: Proposed Changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
UPDATE: Bill C-20 passed Royal Assent on July 27, 2020. As a result, the changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program, described in detail below, came into force on July 27, 2020. On July 17, 2020, the Canadian government proposed changes to...
July 8, 2020
WFH: Policies + Considerations Beyond the Pandemic
Webinar
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many employers and their employees to abruptly adopt work-from-home arrangements. Although the relaunch of the Alberta economy is underway, employers and employees have become accustomed to remote work and “Zoom&rdquo...
July 7, 2020
Privacy for Health Care Organizations: What Has Changed and What Hasn’t?
Webinar
Health care organizations have had to adapt quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to managing an unknown disease and focusing on patient care, day to day operational life has changed- videoconferencing, fit for work screening, and liab...
June 2020 - 6 min read
Commercial Tenancies Protection Act (Alberta)   
The Alberta government is moving forward with Bill 23, the Commercial Tenancies Protection Act (“CTPA”). The Bill was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on June 16, 2020 and passed First Reading the same day. This is a government Bill,...
June 2020 - 6 min read
Ready for Re-Launch! – Practical Advice for Employer “Return to the Workplace” Planning Amidst COVID-19
As endless as these past few months have seemed, it was not so long ago that most workplaces had to abruptly wrestle with how to scale down and make sometimes drastic changes to the way that their work gets done in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wh...
June 2020 - 2 min read
What to do When an Employee Resigns after Being Recalled to Return to Work
Employers Asked, We Answered
As restrictions begin to lift, many employers are recalling employees from temporary layoff. In some cases, employees are responding to the request to return to work by resigning. As a result, many employers are wondering whether they are complicit in ...
June 9, 2020
Canadian Construction Projects and COVID-19: Future Forecasts
Presentations
Canadian Bar Association
June 2020
A Provincial Twist on the Emergency Suspension of Limitation Periods
Canadian Underwriter
June 2020
Condo Corporations Now Permitted to Access Reserve Funds in “Emergencies”
May 2020 - 4 min read
The ABTraceTogether App - Key Privacy Considerations
In a bid to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Alberta has become the first Canadian province to launch a contact tracing app to track community transmission of COVID-19.Alberta released the app, ABTraceTogether, on May 1, 2020...
May 2020 - 5 min read
Returning to Campus During a Pandemic: Privacy Issues
This week, as this article went to press, several major Canadian and American universities announced plans to maintain classes online when the fall semester starts in September. Other universities and colleges are making plans to bring students ba...
May 2020
Cybersecurity in the Age of COVID-19 (And Beyond)
April 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...
April 2020
The Liability of Long-Term Care Facilities: COVID-19’s Projected Impact
Canadian Underwriter
April 22, 2020
Lay-offs vs. Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: Pros + Cons
What are the best options for your organization now, during the pandemic, and post-pandemic? The response to COVID-19 has resulted in a shut-down of the economy. While the operating costs for organizations have remained, revenues have dropped dramat...
April 2020
Signing Contracts in a Distanced World
When many people think of signing a contract, the traditional picture is a meeting, a pen and paper, and handshakes at the end. With current social and physical distancing protocols in place, all of these traditional images are jarring. Now, every...
April 2020
The Nuts + Bolts of the CEWS for Employers
As the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) was made official on April 14, 2020, employers potentially eligible for this subsidy should now be considering what proactive steps they can take to support the intent of the new legislation, sp...
April 2020
Roadmap for Employers Navigating COVID-19
Has your company experienced a decrease in work due to COVID-19? Download our comprehensive roadmap to explore the options you have for assistance as well as other frequently asked questions.
April 2020
Eight Things to Know About the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “Subsidy”) is a measure announced by the Government of Canada providing a 75-per-cent wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020.  Field law has previousl...
April 9, 2020
Eligibility Requirements for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
We provided our most recent update on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy on April 1, 2020. On April 8, 2020, the Government of Canada announced changes which relax the eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “Subsi...
April 2020
Suspended or Not? Limitation Periods in Employment Law
On March 30, 2020, Ministerial Order 27/2020 from the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General suspended limitation periods and periods of time within which any step must be taken in any proceeding or intended proceeding, from March 17 to June 1, 2020...
April 2020
Temporary Changes to Alberta Employment Standards Legislation
On April 6, 2020, the Alberta Government announced temporary changes to the Employment Standards Code and Employment Standards Regulation to assist employers and employees in this difficult time.  What we know about the changes so far, and their p...
April 2, 2020
Business Interruption Claims Due to COVID-19
As a result of COVID-19, countless businesses have been forced to temporarily shut their doors or change the way they operate significantly. As a direct result, many businesses have lost and continue to lose income. More and more businesses will be loo...
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 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...