COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) affects all of our clients. In response, Fillmore Riley LLP has created a COVID-19 Pandemic Resources hub to provide you with timely legal information. Our multidisciplinary team provides insights on issues facing employers, business insurance, and other emerging topics that will help provide you with clarity in these uncertain times.

  • Notable pandemic public law cases

    - For some Canadians, the responses of public authorities to the COVID-19 pandemic are seen as tests of their constitutional rights. The oldest debate in public law — how to balance the interests of the community against the interests of the person — continues in Canadian courts with the pandemic as its focus. A few of the more noteworthy decisions are summarized here. Read more…

  • Notable pandemic employment and labour law cases that changed the legal landscape in the workplace

    - The pandemic will be remembered through many lenses. The global death toll recently surpassed a staggering 4.2 million people and counting. The pandemic wreaked havoc on the global economy and continues to cause fluctuations when new variants cause outbreaks. It tests the collective resolve of every community on every continent. COVID-19 also tests the law as courts grapple with novel situations in the workplace. In this report, we review some of the notable employment and labour decisions th... Read more…

  • Mandatory vaccinations in the Manitoba workplace

    - With vaccination programs for COVID-19 being rolled out across Canada, many employers are interested to know if they can legally implement policies requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more…

  • Workplace investigations in the time of COVID-19

    - With news of a workplace investigation into harassment at Rideau Hall dominating the headlines, many employers and employees are left with questions about workplace investigations. One of the most pressing questions is if and how workplace investigations should be done during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…

  • International air travellers now required to present negative COVID-19 test result to gain entry into Canada

    - The Government of Canada has implemented measures aimed to better protect Canadians from the spread of COVID-19 and its new variants. International travellers arriving in Canada by air must have evidence that they have tested negative for COVID-19 before travelling or returning to Canada. While research continues to gain a better understanding of whether a vaccinated person can still transmit COVID-19, those who have already been vaccinated will still require proof of a negative test result a... Read more…

  • Working remotely from another province: What are the legal consequences?

    - COVID-19 has drastically changed the way employers organize their workforces. Many employees are working from remote locations in an effort to socially distance and stay safe. For some, this means working from home, and for others, this might mean working from the cabin. Read more…

  • Employee privacy in the age of COVID-19

    - In addition to shouldering medical and economic concerns, employers in the age of COVID-19 face ethical and legal dilemmas with respect to the privacy of their employees. Can employers ask about their employee’s COVID-19 test results, or is that private? What about asking about employees’ family members — is that going too far? Do employees have a right to know when a co-worker tests positive, or is that confidential? Read more…

  • Manitoba-specific support for individuals and businesses

    - The Province of Manitoba has announced the following measures to help Manitoban businesses and individuals facing hardship as a result of the pandemic. This bulletin provides a summary of the Manitoba government’s announcements. We will update this summary as new information becomes available. Read more…

  • Videoconference witnessing and executing of legal documents during a pandemic

    - A crucial aspect of a lot of legal work — the execution of prescribed documents — has long involved face-to-face contact because of prescribed witnessing requirements. While our team of lawyers has remained available to attend to crucial in-person document executions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic while respecting physical distancing rules, this face-to-face signing was not possible or desired by many who are unable or too uncomfortable to attend in-person meetings. Read more…

  • Canadian courts weigh in on child custody arrangements in the age of COVID-19

    - Canadian courts have now had approximately five months to weigh in on parenting-related COVID-19 disputes. Read more…