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HEADLINELift barriers to accredit foreign-educated doctors quickly, report’s author urges
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CBC
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Mar 30, 2020
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The number of doctors available to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic could be increased if the government or regulatory bodies would cut red tape so foreign-educated doctors could get accredited more quickly, according to a report released Monday. >> Health care; COVID-19-related

HEADLINEJustin Trudeau promises to pay 75 per cent of wages for hundreds of thousands of Canadians
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Toronto Star
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Mar 30, 2020
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The federal government has promised to pay the wages of hundreds of thousands of Canadian workers in an extraordinary move to help nurse the economy through the COVID-19 crisis. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that Ottawa’s promised wage subsidy program will now apply to all firms, big and small, that have suffered a sharp revenue loss because of the impact of the virus. >> COVID-19-related

HEADLINECoronavirus Q&A: Toronto employment lawyer answered your questions about worker rights and insurance during COVID-19
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Toronto Star
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Mar 27, 2020
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Toronto labour and employment lawyer Hermie Abraham answered Star reader questions about workers’ rights. Over 75 questions were answered in the session, so we’ve compiled a Q&A table of contents regarding workers rights and COVID-19 — from the rights of laid-off workers to childcare concerns.>> 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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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 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

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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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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.

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