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30 March 2020

Temporary Immigration Status in Canada during COVID-19

Watson Goepel LLP

The current COVID-19 special measures and closures are creating challenges for individuals and families with Temporary Immigration Status in Canada. Many individuals are encountering difficulties when attempting to access the special programs and policies the Government of Canada has put in place to assist affected individuals. If you wish to remain in Canada and continue…

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27 March 2020

COVID-19 and the BC construction industry: Builders liens

Ryan R. Lee

On March 23 the Ontario and Quebec governments ordered that “non-essential” businesses close down, shortly followed by a list of “essential” businesses that were exempt from the mandatory closure. Quebec took a more cautious approach and ordered that all non-essential construction sites close. Ontario adopted a less restrictive approach and included the construction industry on…

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Government supports for your workplace during COVID-19

Sarah Hentschel

Government Benefits The federal government has existing programs to assist workplaces. Both the federal and provincial governments have also added a few additional programs and made amendments to current programs to streamline the application process to address the current crisis. Please see here for further details or to find applications for the benefits. This article…

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26 March 2020

Lawyers included as an “essential service”

Watson Goepel LLP

Earlier today the provincial government released its list of essential services which includes lawyers and paralegals. As the government noted: “Essential services are those daily services essential to preserving life, health, public safety, and basic societal functioning. They are the services British Columbians rely on in their daily lives”. As an essential service, our firm…

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Workplace “Privacy Tips” during COVID-19

Sarah Hentschel

*** UPDATE: On March 26, 2020, the B.C. Minister of Citizens’ Services signed an order under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, permitting the disclosure of health information by health care bodies and public bodies in certain circumstances related to COVID-19. Health care bodies may make disclosures for the…

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18 March 2020

Employment Obligations During the COVID-19 Crisis

Watson Goepel LLP

On March 17, 2020, the Province of British Columbia declared COVID-19 a “public health emergency”. The realities of a global pandemic could not be foreseen just a couple of months ago. Now, it is impossible to read the news or scroll through a social media feed without being overwhelmed with information about the pandemic. Among…

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15 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Watson Goepel LLP

Dear clients and friends of Watson Goepel LLP, As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we wish to assure you that we have taken a pro-active approach to ensure business continuity for our valued clients should matters escalate. Our priority is the health and well being of our clients, professionals, and communities, and therefore, we…

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