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January 7, 2021

14 Key Developments in Canadian Labour & Employment Law in 2020

As we entered a new decade in 2020, Canada saw significant developments in labour and employment law, some of which related to COVID-19.

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January 7, 2021

Ontario, Canada: Arbitrator Upholds Mandatory Employee COVID Testing

An arbitrator has rejected a grievance filed on behalf of Ontario retirement home employees challenging the reasonableness of a policy imposing bi-weekly COVID testing on all staff.

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January 5, 2021

Ontario, Canada: Arbitrator Upholds For-Cause Dismissal of Employee with COVID-19 Who Put Colleagues and Others at Risk

A labour arbitrator recently dismissed a grievance pertaining to the for-cause dismissal of a unionized employee who continued to work at an airport while awaiting COVID-19 test results.

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December 24, 2020

Colorado Confirms COVID-19 Triggers Public Health Emergency Leave Under the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act

Colorado employers must provide employees access to up to 80 hours of supplemental public health emergency paid sick leave as of January 1, 2021 due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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December 23, 2020

District of Columbia Imposes Significant Restrictions on the Hospitality Industry

The District of Columbia Council has passed several pieces of legislation that impose significant obligations on D.C. employers, particularly those in the hospitality industry.

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December 23, 2020

District of Columbia Hits “Pause” and Continues Expansive COVID-19 Protection Measures

Beginning at 10 p.m. on December 23, 2020, Mayor Bowser has ordered a “holiday pause” on various activities in an effort to flatten the curve.

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December 22, 2020

Do Not Take a Shot in the Dark: Important Considerations for Puerto Rico Employers Eyeing Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Programs

Employers in Puerto Rico must take into consideration the constitutional right to privacy, which applies to private parties in Puerto Rico, in evaluating whether to implement mandatory vaccination policies.

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December 21, 2020

Congress Set to Approve Additional COVID-19 Relief for Individuals, Small Businesses

As 2020 draws to a close, Congress appears to be on track to approve a final round of COVID-19 relief before adjourning until January 2021.

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December 21, 2020

Michigan Extends Its Ban on Indoor Gatherings While Reopening Casinos, Theaters, and Other Recreational Facilities

On December 18, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an emergency epidemic order rolling back some of the restrictions previously in place for Michigan businesses.

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December 21, 2020

Will California Employers Ring in the New Year with Emergency Paid Sick Leave Laws?

As they tick more days off their 2020 calendars, employers with California operations wonder whether, and which, emergency paid sick leave laws might continue into 2021.

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