On June 1, 2020, the Ford government introduced amendments to the Employment Standards Act (ESA), the governing statutes that form Ontario’s employment laws. The amendments took the form of O. Reg. 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”). IDEL was enacted by the Ontario government as a measure to furlough (e.g. “layoff”) employees who may or may not have contracted COVID-19. The legislation allows employers to continue temporary layoffs for a maximum of 51 and 9/10ths … Continue Reading Ontario Employment Laws Do Not Stop Lawsuits – Employer’s Beware!