NOTICE RE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

McCuaig Desrochers LLP continues to monitor the changing guidelines in respect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  We remain committed to serving our clients and keeping our employees safe during this challenging time. We continue to meet our responsibility to staff, their families, our clients, and our community and have implemented numerous precautionary measures. Our office remains open for business; however, for the safety of our staff and clients alike, we are not permitting clients to attend at our premises at

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Alberta Family Courts Weighing in on COVID-19 Parenting Matters

Alberta now has its own written Court decision for emergency parenting applications. In SAS v. LMS, 2020 ABQB 287, the father of two children applied to have the current parenting arrangement enforced after the children’s mother informed him that their children would be staying with her due to her concerns with his conduct during the current COVID-19 environment. While the Alberta Courts are still only hearing emergency or urgent matters, which require special permission from the Court to be heard,

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Employment and Layoff Issues Related to COVID-19

The Employment Law Practice Group at McCuaig Desrochers LLP recognizes that many employers are currently being forced to make difficult staffing decisions, and likely have questions regarding the potential legal implications of those decisions. In this update, we outline a few of the options available to employers. Please note that this document is intended to be an outline of information only, and is not legal advice. Every employment situation is unique and it is impossible to provide one-size-fits-all advice. If

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Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program for Permanent Residence

Temporary foreign workers working in Canada’s Agri-Food Sector play an important role in maintaining the country’s food security. In recognizing that reality, the federal government has designed a pilot program for agricultural and agri-food workers to become permanent residents to Canada. The Government of Canada has indicated that this new pilot program is designed to: help address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector; and attract experienced, non-seasonal workers who can settle in Canada permanently. The opening of this

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