Canadian Lawyer

March 2022

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She says that lawyers have been transitioning their hearings, liti- gation, workplace investigations and other day-to-day legal services to a remote, digital environment. And management-side labour and employment law firms like hers "have also been at the forefront of helping employers navigate pandemic-related legislation and health and safety requirements." Tara Erskine, with coast-to-coast labour and employment law boutique Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP, says that keeping up with COVID-related changes in all provinces and territories is challenging. "We put a lot of information out, like many firms do, for our clients," she says, adding that traffic on the firm's website has increased signifi- cantly since the pandemic began. Often, her firm deals with compa- nies with operations across the country, with laws and regulations potentially being different from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. "Even municipalities might have brought in their own rules that you have to keep on top of." Navigating pandemic-related issues Lindsie Thomson, managing partner at Harris & Company LLP, says that assisting employers in navigating the complexities of the changing legal landscape has become a big part of labour and employment lawyers' day. "We have worked with our clients to develop, update and occasion- ally overhaul existing workplace policies and practices to ensure they are aligned with the evolving [public health] orders, related health and safety requirements and best practices," she says. There has also been a lot of work dealing with mass or temporary layoffs in sectors that "The pace of change is unlike anything we've seen before, which makes it particularly challenging, but also satisfying" Lisa Bolton, Sherrard Kuzz LLP BOLD DEDICATED INNOVATIVE DETERMINED FOCUSED CREATIVE Those are characteristics of Sherrard Kuzz LLP clients. Thank you for helping us remain one of Canada's Top Labour & Employment Boutiques. 250 Yonge St #3300, Toronto, ON M5B 2L7 | 416.603.0700 | 24 Hour 416.420.0738 | @SherrardKuzz

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