Articles: April 2020
Bryan & Company has long been committed to providing exceptional service to business owners in Western Canada. In response to a number of inquiries received since the onset of the current COVID-19 pandemic, this memorandum is intended to provide distilled information that can be used ‘at a glance’ to inform yourself and your business of available relief measures and programs.
In these uncertain times, there is an interest in ensuring that people are prepared and proactive in handling their estate. Our Wills & Estates team is working hard to ensure that we are able to meet clients’ needs for a valid will, trusts, enduring power of attorney and personal directives, in addition to other succession planning measures.
A Supplementary Unemployment Benefits (“SUB”) Plan is a plan, approved by Service Canada, which allows an employer to top up an employee’s EI benefits during periods of unemployment due to one of or a combination of the following three legislatively permitted types of unemployment: Temporary stoppage of work, Training, and/or Illness, injury or quarantine.
In Alberta, the Occupational Health & Safety Act (the “Act”) governs the obligations of employers and employees with respect to safe working environments. The following article sets out obligations of employers and employees in Alberta under the Act, in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
The Government of Canada has recently announced expansions to its work-sharing program. This program is being rolled out on a rapid basis so the following is based on our current understanding and we reiterate that the ultimate decisions for whether employers are covered with these programs rest with the Government.
We have had a number of inquiries from employers who wish to explore the idea of reducing staff hours and pay rather than proceeding with full layoffs or terminations. Employers are wondering if there is a way to have an employee’s hours and pay reduced, but also to allow that employee the entitlement to apply for EI benefits.