The Ontario government has extended the COVID-19-related temporary layoff regulation to January 2, 2021 with the exception of those in federally regulated industries. The regulation permits an employer to temporarily lay off an employee, or temporarily reduce their hours and/or pay, without it being deemed constructive dismissal. Constructive dismissal is the term for when an…

As part of its efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government changed the rules on temporary employment layoffs as well as temporary reductions of hours and salary. The rule changes were to stay in effect only for the duration of the COVID-19 period, defined as the duration of Ontario’s pandemic-related state of emergency,…

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