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.

  • Trademarks in the time of COVID-19

    - We are in the middle of a pandemic, the likes of which most of us have never seen before. Many businesses are in trouble. Some have already gone out of business. Others are just hanging on. And yet, for those that can afford to take the long view, this is a time of opportunity. Read more…

  • Provincial price control powers in the age of COVID-19

    - Among the many anxieties of the COVID-19 pandemic — illness and loss of work top among them — was, particularly in its early stages, security of access to food, prescription drugs, household goods such as cleaning supplies, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Such security of access has three dimensions: first, are the products actually available — are the shelves bare? Second, is it safe to go to the store or have essential goods delivered? And third, will prices go up so significantly ... Read more…

  • Bringing employees back to the workplace: What employers need to know

    - It has now been a month since the Manitoba government announced its roadmap for easing pandemic restrictions on businesses and public facilities. The slow but steady return to work and social life in Manitoba poses further novel issues for employers. This article deals with some of the frequent questions we’ve been asked about the return to work. Read more…

  • Regional court availability and arbitration as an alternative

    - The closure of courts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will have significant ramifications for commercial dispute resolution. Court time is an increasingly scarce resource in normal times. Even with significant accommodations by courts after they re-open, delays could be experienced for many months afterward. Read more…

  • The Province of Manitoba's multi-phased plan to reopen businesses

    - Further to the Manitoba government’s news release on April 29, 2020, regarding “Restoring Safe Services,” a new Order has been issued pursuant to The Public Health Act. Read more…

  • Closure of non-essential businesses in Manitoba

    - The Government of Manitoba has issued an order pursuant to The Public Health Act requiring non-essential businesses to close their doors to the public from 12:01 am on April 1 to 12:01 am on May 4, 2020. Read more…

  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program

    - On April 24, 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the federal government reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program for small businesses. The provinces and territories will cost share up to 25% of the costs with the federal government, subject to terms of agreements with the federal government. This program will lower rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Read more…

  • Comprehensive summary of provincial emergency measures

    - In response to COVID-19, the Manitoba Legislature had a one-day emergency sitting on April 15, 2020, that saw 13 bills come into effect. This article provides a summary of each bill. Read more…

  • Summary of securities regulatory relief for issuers

    - The Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) published temporary blanket relief for market participants, granting a 45-day extension for certain periodic regulatory filings as a result of COVID-19. The 45-day extension applies to certain filings that are normally required to be made on or before June 1, 2020, by issuers, registrants, investment funds and certain regulated entities. The filing relief was issued through harmonized blanket orders by securities commissions in each of the pr... Read more…

  • Loss trading in the time of COVID-19: The stop-loss rules and the superficial loss rule

    - COVID-19 has created uncertainty in equity markets and the economy generally. The value of capital investments in stock held as portfolio investments or shares in privately owned corporations, in particular, are threatened as all manner of businesses face financial difficulty. Read more…