Robertson Stromberg responds to COVID-19

Introduction

The health and wellbeing of our clients and business partners, together with the people of Robertson Stromberg, is always one of our highest priorities. As confirmed cases of COVID-19 begin to increase throughout North America, we are rededicating ourselves to this priority and are undertaking additional measures to best protect our employees, clients, business partners and their families, for the benefit of our community, our province and our nation. Your business is important to us and we intend to continue to provide you with the best service possible through this unfamiliar and uncertain process.

We have been and continue to monitor the information available to us respecting the pandemic, including the advice being provided by WHO, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Saskatchewan Health Authority as we seek to identify and employ best practices for health protection and service delivery.

Client Service

A number of our business partners have already suffered significant adverse impact arising from the pandemic, and we expect that all of our clientele will suffer varying challenging circumstances ranging from inconvenience through to existential threats.  We are here to assist in minimizing the impact from COVID-19 and have taken steps to allow us to continue to provide quality work to our clients and business partners on a timely basis. Some resources for employers, businesses and contractors may be found below, and we will be posting additional resources as they are developed in response to the evolving situation.

We understand that each of our clients will be going through a similar process, and through the use of technology will work with you to meet both your needs and the limitations that may be placed upon your business operation whether it arise from external sources or from a need to adhere to your applicable policies and procedures.

Our lawyers are and will be able to continue to work remotely and to communicate with you in a variety of ways, including telephone, email, messaging, teleconference, web conference.

Health and Safety

During this process, we have commenced several initiatives.  The first relates to workplace hygiene.  We have instituted cleanliness procedures, continue to have sanitizer stations located throughout the office and have commenced a social distancing protocol that includes measures such as eliminating non-essential meetings and reducing numbers and density of face-to-face contact.  For the safety of both our clients and our employees, we are limiting non-essential contact and encouraging other forms of communication and are tracking office attendances to permit follow up to take place in the event of any health issue arising.

We have also begun a process for monitoring symptoms identifying self isolation circumstances and implementing those measures as appropriate. All staff will be advising in advance of travel outside Saskatchewan. All business travel has been suspended except in emergent circumstances.

Where we identify any illness or contact between our people and anyone suspected of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, those people will be governed by a self-isolation protocol. Similarly any of our people returning from travel to a high risk destination (including but not being limited to those destinations which are the subject of a Public Health Agency Travel Advisory) will be governed by this protocol as well.

Business Continuity

The health and safety of the Robertson Stromberg staff is a priority while we continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and its impact. In order to adhere to social distancing standards and increased cleaning requirements only pre-scheduled in-person meetings will be accommodated at this time. If you require an in-person appointment please call our office or your lawyer directly. There are many ways for RS to assist you virtually and often an in-person meeting is not necessary. We look forward to assisting you through the many channels available as we continue to deliver the legal services our clients expect.

Resources

COVID-19: Why now is not the time to put your life on hold

There are several process options available to you to deal with your separation or divorce outside of court. In fact, with the extra time many of us have these days, it makes sense to deal with these matters now so that you can have a fresh start after the COVID-19 quarantine ends.

COVID-19 and Parenting: How can I seek relief from the Court?

COVID-19 has presented many new challenges for parents to face. You may find yourself in difficult situations. What if the other parent is not physically distancing and continues to see relatives and friends and I feel their access should be limited to FaceTime only to protect the children?

COVID-19 and Parenting

Amid school and daycare cancelations, altered work schedules, self-isolation and growing health concerns, parents have been especially impacted by the pandemic.

Information for Employers

Candice Grant has supplied a handout for employers giving them useful tips on how to manage the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Force Majeure

Businesses and contractors may find themselves in a position where their ability to fulfill or perform a contract is hindered or rendered out right impossible due to the growing concerns and instability caused by COVID-19.

Considerations for non-profit board members in the times of COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of millions of Canadians, many nonprofits and their boards are facing difficult questions and decisions.

Commercial Leases and the Impact of COVID-19

Businesses continue to face issues regarding cash flow, which in turn forces those businesses into difficult decisions as to which obligations they will pay, and which obligations will need to be deferred.

Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench Update

Thanks to the quick response and diligent efforts in Saskatchewan, our province’s management of COVID-19 has been quite remarkable. While we will still feel the effects for the foreseeable future, we must learn how to navigate ourselves to return to a new normal.

Tips on Collecting and Paying Child and Spousal Support Amid COVID-19

COVID-19 has created and added stress in all areas of our lives, including incomes and finances. For those who receive, or pay, monthly child or spousal support there is now an added level of risk.

Insurance Coverage Considerations on COVID-19

In this uncertain climate, businesses should be seeking guidance as to whether their existing insurance coverage can respond to COVID-19 related financial losses.

Virtual Court Operation in Saskatchewan

Despite the availability of virtual technology, it remains impossible in many Canadian courts to file court documents online, or hold video hearings.

Covid-19: Employment Law Update

Following Candice Grant’s March 13, 2020, article, “COVID-19: Information for Employers”, published on our firm website, the Government of Saskatchewan introduced new legislation to address public health emergency leave and temporary layoffs due to COVID-19.

Government Legislative Authority During COVID-19

The Government of Saskatchewan has introduced amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act (“SEA”) and introduced multiple Public Health Orders to combat COVID-19.

Corporate Governance during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, corporations should consider alternative means of holding director and annual shareholder meetings in the coming months.

Importance of the Press

On March 26, 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan further limited the businesses that can continue to operate in the province as a result of COVID-19.  Among the “critical services” that are to be maintained are local and national media.

Judicial Technological Innovations

Closings of courthouses should be a wake-up call to adopt 21st century technology.

Suspension of Non-Essential Operations of the Court of Queen’s Bench

The Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench announced today that the court is suspending all non-essential operations.

Witnessing of Legal Documents

The COVID-19 pandemic presents obvious challenges for lawyers and clients to comply with the legal requirement to have a lawyer physically meet with his/her client to witness the signing of a document.

Estate Planning in a Time of Uncertainty

As the world changes in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, you may wonder how you can legally best protect yourself, and loved ones.

Cash Flow Concerns: How to Collect Payment in the Midst of COVID-19

A focus and concern with cash flow is perhaps never more evident than now, given the global, and increasingly local, rescheduling and shutdown of various construction projects.

COVID-19 Updates