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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.
This article aims to provide general advice regarding the applicability of force majeure clauses within the current COVID-19 climate. The information herein is based on articles that have been recently published in Canada regarding contractual performance and COVID-19, as well as basic force majeure principles.
In the onset of COVID-19, Bryan & Company’s clients have requested information on frustration of contracts generally, and particularly its application to employment agreements. The following exploration relates to employment agreements specifically but we would be happy to speak with you about frustration general as well.
We understand that the rapid developments surrounding COVID-19 are deeply concerning to you, your business and your employees. Bryan & Company has assembled a committed crisis management team to be at your disposal for issues that arise as more information comes available to the public.