COVID‑19 guidance for organizations

  Businesses face wide-ranging issues as the world responds to the COVID‑19 pandemic. Here is the latest guidance from Torys.
 

Areas of guidance

Business impact

 

Employment, health and safety

Corporate governance

 

Government and liquidity solutions

Capital markets

 

Litigation

Intellectual property

 

U.S. guidance

  

Business impact

COVID‑19 and electronic signatures: a guide for organizations

June 08, 2020

COVID‑19’s impact on competition enforcement and foreign investment reviews in Canada

April 24, 2020

Emerging from the first wave of COVID‑19: key recovery considerations for Canadian businesses

April 14, 2020

COVID‑19 as force majeure in Québec: key considerations, implications, and practical tips

March 31, 2020

COVID‑19: managing material contracts in crisis

March 27, 2020

COVID‑19: key issues every organization should consider

March 19, 2020

COVID‑19: M&A considerations

March 19, 2020

Managing service disruptions during the COVID‑19 pandemic

March 19, 2020

COVID‑19 and force majeure clauses: key considerations, implications, and practice tips

March 11, 2020

 
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Employment, health and safety

Ontario’s Bill 218 proposes limiting liability for COVID-related claims

October 28, 2020

New Ontario regulations require COVID-19 screening by employers

September 30, 2020

New Ontario regulation exempts COVID‑19 wage and hours reductions from ESA layoff and constructive dismissal provisions

June 02, 2020

COVID‑19 and the workplace: new details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

April 02, 2020

COVID‑19 and the workplace: Québec considerations

March 31, 2020

COVID‑19 and the workplace: reducing payroll, responding to a positive diagnosis, and more

March 23, 2020

The Canadian workforce: legislative response to COVID‑19

March 23, 2020

Ontario pension plan update: FSRA’s ongoing COVID‑19 response

March 23, 2020

COVID‑19 and the workplace: employer obligations

March 13, 2020

 
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Corporate governance

COVID‑19 may increase down round financings: what companies need to know

June 16, 2020

11 governance considerations for startup boards of directors during COVID‑19

April 29, 2020

COVID‑19: potential liability of directors and officers of insolvent companies

April 21, 2020

When (and what) can I disclose? Sharing personal information with government agencies in the context of COVID‑19

April 07, 2020

Governance considerations for boards of directors during the COVID‑19 crisis

March 25, 2020

COVID‑19 and AGM virtual meeting planning

March 16, 2020

Does your pandemic plan align with your data security plan?

March 13, 2020

 
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Government and liquidity solutions

COVID‑19 and Canada’s Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program: application portal to open May 25

May 22, 2020

Rent relief for small businesses: COVID-19 and Canada’s Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program

May 15, 2020

Canada’s LEEFF: a lifeline for large businesses to withstand the pandemic

May 14, 2020

New COVID‑19 government support for life sciences companies

April 24, 2020

COVID‑19: the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

April 22, 2020

Details on BDC Capital’s Bridge Financing Program

April 21, 2020

Breaking the emergency glass: government liquidity support in the time of COVID‑19

April 15, 2020

COVID‑19: Canadian federal tax changes and announcements

April 02, 2020

Liquidity solutions for businesses weathering the COVID‑19 crisis

March 26, 2020

Contingency planning and restructuring alternatives in the wake of COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Are you essential?: COVID‑19 business closure orders in Canada

March 24, 2020

 
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Capital markets

Canadian securities regulators streamline “At-the-Market” equity distribution regime

June 08, 2020

Cracking down on COVID‑19 fraud: U.S. and Canadian securities regulatory enforcement update

May 26, 2020

Canadian securities regulators extend deadlines for filings between June 2 and August 31

May 21, 2020

COVID‑19 guidance from proxy advisory firms

April 17, 2020

Preparing for your next earnings call in the midst of a pandemic

April 15, 2020

COVID‑19: key disclosure considerations for Canadian public companies

April 01, 2020

COVID‑19: Canadian securities regulators and TSX extend deadlines, TSX increases NCIB purchase limits

March 26, 2020

COVID‑19: five issues investment dealers should consider

March 25, 2020

COVID‑19: U.S. considerations for Canadian public companies

March 19, 2020

COVID‑19: Canadian securities regulators extend deadlines

March 19, 2020

 
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Litigation

Expedited production in Canada of goods to combat COVID‑19 and potential exposure to future claims

April 07, 2020

Impact of COVID‑19 on Canadian courts and litigation deadlines

April 03, 2020

Liability risks to business in the COVID‑19 era

April 03, 2020

Moving disputes forward during COVID‑19: the arbitration option

April 03, 2020

 
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Intellectual property

COVID‑19 triggers Canadian intellectual property deadline extensions until August 24, 2020

August 6, 2020

Changes to the Patent Act: COVID‑19 Emergency Response Act introduces compulsory licensing

March 27, 2020

COVID‑19 prompts expedited review of health products

March 25, 2020

 
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U.S. guidance

Update on U.S. Main Street Lending Program

Jun 29, 2020

New Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act modifies terms of PPP

Jun 08, 2020

Current observations of COVID‑19’s impact on private fund sponsors and limited partners

May 29, 2020

SBA: foreign employees and employees of foreign affiliates count toward thresholds under Paycheck Protection Program

May 22, 2020

Update: Federal Reserve announces new details of Main Street Lending Program

May 05, 2020

Federal Reserve announces details of Main Street Lending Program

April 15, 2020

Coronavirus Economic Stabilization Act of 2020 (CESA) and considerations for private equity portfolio companies

April 06, 2020

COVID‑19’s impact on the U.S. judiciary and litigation

April 03, 2020

What the U.S. small business relief packages mean for private equity-owned businesses

March 30, 2020

U.S. CARES Act: unemployment benefits expanded

March 30, 2020

Tax details of the U.S. CARES Act for foreign investors

March 30, 2020

COVID‑19: New York State clarifies construction activities deemed “essential”

March 30, 2020

U.S. emergency employee leave legislation

March 23, 2020

SEC extends Form ADV and Form PF filing deadlines for investment advisers affected by COVID‑19

March 17, 2020

 
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Webinars

Back to Work Webinar Series - Session 3: Contract considerations when returning to work

Resuming operations in a time of uncertainty looks different for each organization and effective contract management is important for a successful transition and long-term strategy. Our team explains how to improve both your contracts and your processes, including how to mitigate litigation risk and take new approaches to contract clauses. This session aims to equip you with a plan to address contract challenges in a thoughtful and diligent manner in this new environment.

Back to Work Webinar Series - Session 2: Aligning your privacy and technology protocols for return to work

The pandemic crisis raises novel privacy and technology issues, creating tensions between public safety, employment obligations, privacy regulation and data collection. These tensions are amplified as businesses begin to plan for return to premises and try to develop harmonized protocols that abide by specific requirements. Our privacy and data management team share privacy considerations and risk mitigation options for employee screening, tracking tools and other practices emerging in the wake of the pandemic.

Back to Work Webinar Series - Session 1: Employer roadmap for resuming operations

Employers face a host of issues—to say nothing of critical areas of ongoing uncertainty—to consider in resuming on-site operations after COVID‑19. Our employment team breaks down the latest; topics include conducting risk assessments, identifying return-to-work hurdles, managing employee communications and addressing work refusals and requests for accommodation.

Fiduciary duties in the time of COVID‑19

Susan Nickerson moderates a session hosted by The Association of Canadian Pension Management on the challenges faced by Canadian pension plan administrators due to COVID‑19.

Virtualizing your AGM amid COVID‑19

Watch Rima Ramchandani and David Outerbridge as they join a Canadian Investor Relations Institute webinar that will explore considerations and possible solutions for things at the forefront of organizations’ minds: virtual AGMs and force majeure clauses.

COVID‑19 and corporations—the emerging story

David Outerbridge joins a Ryerson webinar—which will include various perspectives on how COVID‑19 is affecting corporations—to discuss force majeure clauses.

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