Legal Blog: Covid-19
Susanne Balpataky presents, “The New Infectious Disease Emergency Leave: How it Impacts your Workplace” at MBOT Webinar
On June 25, 2020, Susanne Balpataky, partner with Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, presented at MBOT’s webinar: Getting Back to Work and Understanding the New Normal and discussed the Employment Standards Amendment Act and the new Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Regulation. Susanne highlighted implications, considerations, and exceptions under the new regulation.
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Once the COVID-19 dust settles, we are going to hear a lot more about the frustration concept. However, like all court cases, it takes one to three years before we start seeing some decisions. Given that the courts are operating at a significantly reduced capacity, even this time estimate could be optimistic. Accordingly, for the moment, we will have to make do with cases arising out of circumstances that took place three years ago. One such case is Perkins v. Sheikhtavi, 2019 ONCA 925.
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The Oklahoma Bar reshared and recommended Dora Konomi’s article, “How to Stay Productive While Working from Home:10 Tips That Work for Me”, initially published on Attorney at Work.
Dora, an associate with Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find the original article here.
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Allison Speigel, partner with Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, is extensively quoted in Julius Melnitzer’s article, “Justice and the pandemic: How Canada ranks” for the Lawyer’s Daily. The article examines the courts’ response to the pandemic and the future of the civil justice system.
Allison also wrote an open letter to the legal profession and the Ministry of the Attorney General highlighting similar topics, which you can find here.
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Susanne Balpataky, as MBOT Chair 2020, wrote MBOT Magazine’s opening message for its spring 2020 edition. In a hopeful tone, Susanne reminds Mississauga’s thriving business community of their resilience and MBOT’s role in supporting them through this difficult time. In her message, Susanne also highlights that COVID-19 might have come unexpectedly, but we must remain positive that we will emerge stronger than ever.
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On April 16, 2020 Allison Speigel, partner at Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, co-chaired the Ontario Bar Association’s CPD entitled “Maintaining Your Litigation Practice in a Remote Work Environment”. Allison addressed issues that lawyers might be facing while working under lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch the video here starting at 57’12.
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Dora Konomi’s Article on Attorney at Work, “How to Stay Productive While Working from Home: 10 Tips that Work for Me”
On April 24, 2020, Dora Konomi, an associate at Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, published a millennial lawyer’s list of working from home tactics. Check out some tips and insights that can make your experience of working from home more productive and pleasant. Amongst other things, Dora suggests creating a routine, getting dressed, and creating an inviting work environment.
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On April 23, 2020, Allison Speigel, partner at Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, published an open letter to the legal profession and the Ministry of the Attorney General in Canadian Lawyer Magazine addressing the need for our civil justice system to change. Allison is asking anyone in the legal field to speak up and engage in the conversation. The system is not changing because we are not demanding change loudly enough.
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Speigel Nichols Fox LLP remains open for business and is operating at full capacity. We are committed to helping our clients navigate this new ever-changing unwelcome reality. Our firm’s commitment to operating in a mostly paperless environment and our long-standing use of technology has made the transition to a remote environment fairly seamless. We will continue to provide our clients with the same high quality advice we always have.Continue Reading >
On April 12, 2020, Susanne Balpataky, a partner at SNF and employment expert, appeared on the radio show, the Doralicious Show for Agape Greek Radio, which aired in Toronto on 1690AM and in Ottawa on 97.9FM. She and Dora Konomi, an associate of SNF and the host of the show, discussed legal considerations for employers during COVID-19, including issues surrounding the laying off of employees, the 75% wage subsidy, constructive dismissals, and much more.
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