March 25, 2020by Israel Foulon LLP
Since our March 24, 2020 E-Bulletin, there have been further important announcements of which employers should be aware (a few key details are listed below):
- The Federal government has announced it is merging two previously announced benefits programs for Canadians who are out of, or off work because of COVID-19. Specifically, the new benefit combines the Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit — into the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and will provide up to $2,000 a month for the next four months for people who are off work and without an income as a result of the novel coronavirus.
- The CERB will assist Canadians who have either lost their job or are off sick or taking care of their children because of COVID-19. The government has announced that this emergency benefit should roll out on April 6, 2020 and that Canadians should receive the assistance approximately 10 days after applying.
- The Ontario government has announced that hydro rates for residential and business customers will be billed at the off-peak rate regardless of the time of day. This measure will be in effect for 45 days and will be reassessed at that time.
Given the exceptional and unprecedented situation, we expect further developments in the coming hours and days.
Israel Foulon’s Response to COVID-19
Israel Foulon is assessing the situation as it evolves, and is taking all necessary precautions within its workplace. However, please be aware that our offices remain open and are fully functioning. In the circumstances, we encourage our clients to contact us by phone and email to the extent possible. Voicemail messages left at our office phone numbers are immediately forwarded via email. All messages will be promptly responded to. We remain steadfast in our commitment to our clients and would be more than happy to assist you with concerns regarding COVID-19 or any other employment or labour matters.