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Globe & Mail
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Mar 27, 2020
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In little more than a week, Ottawa has launched two emergency income relief programs totalling $15-billion, scrapped them, and then introduced a $40-billion replacement that upends decades of employment insurance rules... The federal government projects that four million workers will apply for the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which will pay $2,000 a month for four months to individuals who have lost income because of the novel coronavirus. >> COVID-19-related

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Globe & Mail
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Mar 27, 2020
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As hundreds of thousands of Canadians join the ranks of the unemployed amid the continuing COVID-19 epidemic, some companies are seeing increased demand – and hiring accordingly... Among those hiring are Walmart Canada, Amazon and Dollarama, along with some grocery and drug store chains, medical supply makers, some cleaning and security services and IT firms that enable remote work. >> COVID-19-related; Food processing and production; security; retail

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Reuters
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Mar 25, 2020
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Five years ago the arrival of a wave of refugees caused much consternation and fueled support for Germany’s far-right. Now, the country is turning to its migrant community to plug an anticipated shortage of medical staff battling the coronavirus.. >> Health care; COVID-19-related.

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Globe & Mail
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Mar 25, 2020
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Employers typically can’t impose temporary layoffs unless they have a contractual right to do so (through collective agreements in unionized workplaces or individual employment contracts) or, in some seasonal or cyclical industries such as construction, an implied right based on past practices. Without a contract, the law generally requires companies to pay fired workers a severance, not simply send them home with no pay and a promise it will be temporary. But legal experts say the widespread disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak could provide justification for employers to use temporary layoffs despite having no contractual right. >> COVID-19-related

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Globe & Mail
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Mar 25, 2020
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The federal government announced Wednesday a new benefit, called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), to help those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. This new plan combines the two benefits the government announced last week – the Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit. The single benefit is designed to make it easier for people to apply and receive money, including contract workers and the self-employed.. >> COVID-19-related

HEADLINESome employers are asking workers to take pay cuts or use vacation for sick days. Can they?
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Toronto Star
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Mar 25, 2020
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With employers asking their employees to take a pay reduction or face lay off, take banked vacation if they miss work due to illness in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, some workers are wondering what will happen to them in the name of cost reduction and what their rights are. >> COVID-19-related

HEADLINEDo I have to work during the coronavirus outbreak? A labour relations expert weighs in
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Toronto Star
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Mar 24, 2020
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to shape the economy, one expert is reminding Canadians that they have the right to refuse unsafe work under the country’s labour code. >> COVID-19-related

HEADLINEUnions urge federal, Ontario governments to protect construction workers during pandemic
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Globe & Mail
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Mar 22, 2020
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Labour leaders are calling on the federal and Ontario governments to take immediate steps to protect the health and safety of construction workers across Canada during the coronavirus pandemic. The Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA) says there is no protocol for dealing with the pandemic on construction sites, including following the advice of health experts for hand hygiene and social distancing. >> Construction; COVID-19-related

HEADLINEHelp Wanted: Grocery Stores, Pizza Chains and Amazon Are Hiring
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New York Times
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Mar 22, 2020
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Surging demand for critical products has created an immediate need for more workers, forcing some companies to alter normal hiring practices. >> Retail; Warehouse; COVID-19-related

HEADLINESome of our most undervalued workers now among our most valuable as pandemic forces rethink of what jobs are critical
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Toronto Star
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Mar 19, 2020
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COVID-19 is highlighting how much we depend on a whole constellation of ... humble occupations. Millions of so-called “low skill” workers are ... indispensable to our well-being, possibly even our survival. And unlike those of us who can work from home and make other adjustments to survive the lockdown, these workers can’t. They have to keep working: both to earn income (most wouldn’t even qualify for Employment Insurance), and to serve us. >> Driving-local delivery; Early childhood care and development; Restaurant; Retail; COVID-19-related