Podcasts / Webcasts


Episode 6:

Complex Employment Issues as Businesses Re-Open After COVID-19 Isolation

May 5, 2020

As businesses begin to re-open, Andrea Raso, Chair of our Employment & Labour Group, answers pressing questions about the confines of personal boundaries vs. the health and safety of the overall workplace. Topics covered include:

  1. Can employers enact mandatory health procedures amongst employees? (ie. temperature checks, compulsory face masks and gloves etc.)
  2. If an employee has underlying health conditions or feels uncomfortable returning to work, are they obligated? Could this be grounds to terminate the employee if they refuse?
  3. Will employees be required to disclose if they or someone they live with, are showing symptoms of the virus?
  4. If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, are employers required to notify other staff members?
  5. As employees are asked to take precautionary measures to stay home if they feel slightly symptomatic, are they required to use sick days/vacation days or should the employer be responsible for coverage?

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Episode 5:

Indigenous Governments Providing Essential Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 27, 2020

Michael McDonald, QC, Chair of our Indigenous Law Group, and Saul Joseph discuss how Indigenous Nation communities have been affected by COVID-19. Some of the topics covered include:

  1. What are Indigenous Governments doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst their community?
  2. How do Indigenous Nations maintain their services (Ex. health, housing, education etc.) while ensuring the health and safety of their membership?
  3. How Clark Wilson’s Indigenous Law Group is providing support to First Nations communities.

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Episode 4:

Guidance for Construction Sites Operating During COVID-19

April 21, 2020

Satinder Sidhu, Co-Chair of our Infrastructure, Construction & Procurement Group, addresses how COVID-19 has impacted the construction industry. A few of the topics covered include:

  1. The new mandatory health and safety measures on construction sites.
  2. What happens if there is an outbreak on site?
  3. The type of liability a developer may face if there is an outbreak.

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Episode 3:

Commercial Leasing Issues and COVID-19

April 15, 2020

William Holder is a senior litigation lawyer and mediator who has a deep understanding of commercial leasing, commercial real estate and business litigation. Here are a few topics that William covers in this podcast and webcast:

  1. Is there any basis under which a tenant can avoid rent payment?
  2. What options does a landlord or tenant have when looking at deferral of rent arrangement?
  3. Can a landlord proceed with legal remedies if a tenant doesn’t pay its rent?
  4. What steps should a landlord and tenant take if the leased premises are being closed?

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Episode 2:

Contract Performance Issues in the Context of COVID-19

April 14, 2020

Anna Sekunova and Brent Meckling, Co-Chairs of our Business Litigation Group, address difficult questions surrounding the performance of contracts that many companies are currently facing due to COVID-19. Some of the topics covered include:

  1. What is “force majeure” and how does it work?
  2. With courts essentially closed, how can parties resolve disputes?
  3. If parties agree to adjust or postpone contractual obligations, how do you ensure this is confirmed or documented?

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GVBoT | Business Resiliency Series: Commercial Leasing – Navigating COVID-19

April 14, 2020

GVBoT | Business Resiliency Series: Contract Performance – Navigating COVID-19

April 6, 2020

Episode 1:

COVID-19 Employment Concerns for Businesses

April 1, 2020

Andrea Raso, Chair of our Employment & Labour Group, answers some of the most pressing questions and concerns businesses may have during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the topics covered include:

  1. What are the rules around temporary layoffs?
  2. Can an employee claim any other severance?
  3. As an employer, what are my obligations when terminating a large group of employees?
  4. What role does the BC Government play, and will they provide any assistance to businesses?

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