Changes to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

22. July 2020 0
On July 17 the federal government announced proposed changes to the CEWS to be effective from July 5, 2020.  The CEWS was implemented to help protect jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the pay roll.  It also encouraged employers to re-hire workers who had been previously laid off.  According to the government, since its ...

Extension of Emergency Wage Subsidy through 2020

14. July 2020 0
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy was one of a suite of measures the Canadian government implemented to assist and support Canadian businesses that had been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the wage subsidy was to enable businesses to rehire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID19, help prevent further job ...

When a Temporary Lay off is no longer Temporary

22. June 2020 0
Many employers have laid off employees in response to the pandemic. Workplaces have been closed, operations restricted and companies have suffered significant financial consequences. For many workplaces, that led to laying off employees on a temporary basis, with the intent to re employ their work force once the pandemic situation allowed it.  However, under the British ...

Extension of CERB

17. June 2020 0
Yesterday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for a further 8 weeks, extending entitlement to a period of 24 weeks.  Eligible applicants can now receive a maximum of $12,000 for the 24 week period, with a payment of $500 per week.  The CERB was introduced to provide ...

WORKSAFEBC RELEASES INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING

19. May 2020 0
Further to our May 7, 2020 blog post, on May 15 WorkSafeBC released industry-specific guidelines and resources on its website for the following sectors: Restaurants, cafes, pubs Salons and personal services Real estate Arts and cultural facilities (Museums, art galleries, and libraries) Retail Education K-12 Parks and outdoor spaces Health services In-person counselling Office space WorksafeBC ...

Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions

07. May 2020 0
Yesterday the British Columbia government announced easing of COVID-19 restrictions, unveiling their reopening plan.  The next phase of BC’s COVID-19 response will allow residents to host a small group of friends for dinner, get a professional haircut and play low contact sports.  The result is that a variety of businesses and services will be allowed ...

Considerations on the Road to Return to “Normal”

04. May 2020 0
Provinces throughout Canada are now creating plans for a gradual resumption of activities.  British Columbia’s plan is expected to be released this week.  Now is the time to begin thinking about what that looks like for your workplace.  You can expect that the resumption of activities will happen in stages and will continue to require ...

Support for Students Impacted by COVID-19

24. April 2020 0
The Federal government has announced approximately $9 billion in aid for post-secondary students impacted by COVID 19. This aid signals recognition by the government of the potential significant negative impacts of COVID19 on post-secondary students. Students may have their ability to continue their studies impacted by COVID-19, they may be unable to secure and retain ...

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Applications Begin April 27

24. April 2020 0
Employers can begin applying the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy beginning April 27. The wage subsidy has been put in place to enable employers to rehire workers who were previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, to help prevent further job losses  and to put employers in a better position to resume normal operations after the ...