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COVID-19 Publications

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Federal Court Denies Injunction to Suspend Federal Government’s Supplier Mandate

The Federal Court of Canada recently dealt another blow to those challenging workplace vaccine mandates when it denied an interlocutory injunction that would have suspended the implementation of the federal government’s COVID-19 mandatory vaccination requirement for suppliers.

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Nov 30, 2021

You Can’t Get There From Here: Vaccination Mandates in the Transportation Sector

Federal government announces details of mandatory vaccination for air, marine and rail travellers

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Nov 29, 2021

Paid Sick Leave for BC Employees: What We Know So Far

With effect from January 1, 2022, employees in British Columbia will be entitled to 5 days paid sick leave.

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Nov 26, 2021
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Vaccine Mandates by Commercial Landlords: Are They Permitted and What Are the Risks?

In this bulletin, we address whether landlords have the right to implement a vaccine mandate and the risks arising from restricting tenants and their employees.

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Nov 12, 2021
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Mandatory Vaccination Policy: “Reasonable, Enforceable”

A labour arbitrator upheld an employer’s mandatory vaccination policy, finding the policy to be reasonable and enforceable.

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Nov 11, 2021
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Business Interruption Losses: Who is to Pay during the Pandemic?

Insurance coverage for business interruption losses has become a notable subject of litigation as pandemic-related claims make their way through the courts.

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Nov 8, 2021
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Vaccination Mandates in the Construction Industry – What You Need to Know

An overview of vaccination mandates in the Construction industry and what you need to know.

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Oct 12, 2021

Mandatory Vaccinations for Public Service and Health Care Visitors

Mandatory vaccinations for public service and health care visitors in British Columbia.

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Oct 8, 2021
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British Columbia Reinstates Facemasks in Indoor Public Settings

British Columbia Reinstates Facemasks in Indoor Public Settings

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Aug 25, 2021
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Impending Implementation of Ontario’s Inclusionary Zoning Regime in Toronto and the GTA

An overview of inclusionary zoning policies and their impending implementation in Toronto and the GTA.

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Jun 25, 2021
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COVID-19-related Layoffs Not Grounds for Constructive Dismissal

An Ontario Superior Court of Justice judge has ruled that a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 is not grounds for constructive dismissal.

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Jun 11, 2021
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Canadian Privacy Commissioners Issue Joint Guidance on Vaccine Passports

Commissioners warn that privacy considerations must be “front and centre” as organizations develop and implement vaccine passports in the coming months

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May 25, 2021
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Crosslinx v. Ontario Infrastructure: Turns out the Pandemic is an Emergency…

The public sector’s hardline view of risk allocation in P3 contracts suffered a serious setback with the release of the Crosslinx decision.

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May 25, 2021
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Commercial Leases During the COVID-19 Lockdown: Where are we Headed?

Ontario has also passed legislation to protect commercial tenants.

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May 17, 2021
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Paid COVID-19 Sick Leave for British Columbia Employees

The British Columbia government has announced proposed amendments to the Employment Standards Act to provide for paid sick leave.

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May 12, 2021
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April 30 Update: Amendments to Policy Statement 5 and Policy Statement 6- Extension of the Early Marketing Period in Response to COVID-19

This bulletin outlines the recently announced amendments to Policy Statement 5 and Policy Statement 6 by the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate.

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Apr 30, 2021
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Ontario to Provide for Temporary Paid Sick Leave

Ontario has announced temporary paid sick leave for all employees. Here is what employers should know.

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Apr 30, 2021
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Paid Vaccination Leave Now Officially Law in British Columbia

Bill 3 entitles BC employees to paid leave for up to 3 hours for each COVID-19 vaccination.

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Apr 28, 2021
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Budget 2021: Extension of Wage & Rent Subsidies

Budget 2021 proposes the extension of both the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (“CERS”).

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Apr 23, 2021
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Paid Vaccination Leave Proposed for British Columbia Employees

The British Columbia government has proposed an amendment to the Employment Standards Act to permit employees to take paid leave to get vaccinated.

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Apr 19, 2021
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Is COVID-19 Government Assistance No Strings? No Way! All Lobbyists Have Reporting Requirements

Applying for and/or receiving COVID-19 financial assistance creates reporting obligations for all lobbyists. Have you updated your lobbyist registration lately?

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Apr 19, 2021
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Commercial Landlord and Tenant Insolvencies: The Need to Know for Sub-tenants

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, it is particularly important for sub-tenants and landlords to consider the ramifications of an insolvent head-tenant.

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Apr 13, 2021
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British Columbia Employers Now at Risk of Expedited Workplace Closures

Effective April 12, 2021, health authorities will have the power to order the temporary closure of businesses as a result of COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace

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Apr 12, 2021
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Personal Opinions Regarding Effectiveness of Masks Insufficient to Ground a Valid Human Rights Complaint

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed another complaint relating to a refusal to wear a mask based on religious belief and employment.

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Apr 11, 2021
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New Job-Protected Leave Announced for British Columbia Employees to Get Vaccinated

New job-protected leave announced for British Columbia employees to get vaccinated.

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Apr 6, 2021
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A Retailer’s Duty to Accommodate Disabilities That Interfere With a Customer’s Ability to Wear a Face Mask

The BC Human Rights Tribunal has issued its first decision relating to discrimination in the context of mandated mask policies.

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Apr 6, 2021
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Does COVID-19 Favour a Longer Reasonable Notice Period? Another Court Says Prove It

Marazzato v. Dell Canada Inc. confirms that employees must provide actual evidence of any alleged “economic downturn” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mar 29, 2021
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Canadian Government Expands National Security Guidance

On March 24, 2021, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced that the government updated its National Security Guidelines.

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Mar 25, 2021
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When the Rubber Hits the Road: Practical Guidance for Automotive Companies to Comply with CUSMA

USMCA, CUSMA, T-MEC, CPTPP, Free Trade Agreements, Automotive Industry, International Trade, Duties, Global Affairs Canada.

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Mar 3, 2021
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More Clarity About the Impact of COVID-19 on Reasonable Notice Periods

Iriotakis v. Peninsula Employment Services Limited is the latest case to consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on reasonable notice periods.

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Feb 17, 2021
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Best practices for commercial landlords facing tenant insolvencies (adapted to the Province of Québec)

Many commercial landlords are increasingly alarmed that COVID-19 may cause a surge in tenant bankruptcies or restructurings.

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Feb 16, 2021
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Best Practices for Commercial Landlords Facing Tenant Insolvencies

Many commercial landlords are increasingly alarmed that COVID-19 may cause a surge in tenant bankruptcies or restructurings.

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Feb 4, 2021
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Court Considers Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Reasonable Notice Periods

Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice has issued a decision dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on reasonable notice periods.

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Jan 30, 2021
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When COVID met MAE in the Ordinary Course: Ontario Court Orders Buyer to Complete its M&A Transaction

The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Fairstone Financial Holdings Inc. v Duo Bank of Canada has established an important precedent for the interpretation of material adverse effect clauses and covenants to carry on business in the ordinary course, both of which are common features of M&A transaction agreements.

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Jan 13, 2021
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Toronto Announces Reporting Obligation and Enhanced Measures for Employers

Citing rising cases in the city and increased strain on hospitals, the City of Toronto has enacted further measures to fight COVID-19, which include new requirements for employers.

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Jan 4, 2021
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Mandatory Vaccination Policies for Employees: Enforceable or a Shot in the Dark?

There are vaccines, and there will be (at some point) enough for everyone in Canada to receive it. But what happens if your employees refuse to be vaccinated?

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Dec 23, 2020
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CRA Simplifies Process for Deducting Work from Home Expenses

The CRA has announced two new permitted approaches for employers to claim deductions in respect of home office expenses incurred in 2020.

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Dec 22, 2020
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Canada Freezes Shandong out of the Arctic

Canada blocked Shandong Gold's acquisition of TMAC Resources following a national security review under the Investment Canada Act.

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Dec 22, 2020
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Ontario Extends COVID-19 Period to July 3, 2021

Ontario has extended its COVID-19 period to July 3, 2021, providing relief to employers required to implement pandemic-related layoffs or wage reductions.

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Dec 18, 2020
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COVID-19: Expedited Examination of Canadian Trademark Applications

CIPO is now taking requests to expedite the examination of Canadian trademark applications related to COVID-19 goods and services.

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Dec 16, 2020
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Sick, Lies, and Questionnaire: Arbitrators Uphold Terminations of Employees who Breached COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Two recent labour arbitration decisions held that attending work in breach of employer COVID protocols can lead to termination for cause.

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Dec 9, 2020
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Do Not Go Directly to Jail – Just Yet Anyway: Competition Bureau Confirms its View that Buy-Side Agreements between Competitors are not Criminally Unlawful

On November 27, 2020, the Competition Bureau clarified its view that the criminal cartel provisions of the Competition Act do not apply to buy-side agreements.

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Nov 30, 2020
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Bears v. Bulls: Secondary Market Securities Class Actions in Ontario

A high-level overview of secondary market class actions under the Ontario Securities.

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Nov 11, 2020

OSFI Outlines Additional Regulatory Adjustments to Foster Financial Resilience and Stability During COVID-19

Further to OSFI's March 27 letter, OSFI announced more adjustments to existing capital requirements for banks and insurers to respond to the impacts of COVID-19

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Apr 15, 2020

OSFI’s Regulatory Adjustments in Response to COVID-19 Impacts

On March 27, 2020, OSFI announced a number of sector-specific measures to support federally regulated banks, insurers and private pension plans.

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Mar 31, 2020

COVID-19 Webinars

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Digital Accessibility Webinar: Demystifying WCAG 2.0 and Other Best Practices

As a result of COVID-19, Canadians have never been more reliant on websites, web-based apps and web services to carry-out essential activities.

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Mandatory Vaccination Policies: Enforceable or a Shot in the Dark? (February 10, 2021)

While mass vaccination hasn’t arrived, employers are already wrestling with what the rules should be as we start to return to a new normal.

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McMillan’s Automotive Industry Webinar Series – Part One

Join us for McMillan’s Two Part Automotive Industry Webinar Series, and hear from speakers from Transport Canada, McMillan Vantage, and McMillan LLP on policy points, legislative updates, regulatory issues, and other important developments spanning the industry.

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McMillan’s Employment and Labour Webinar

This annual workshop addresses significant legal developments and provides practical advice on responding to employee issues.

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Corporate Counsel CPD/CLE Webinar Series: Building Personal and Professional Resilience for Everyone

In the wake of this global pandemic, building personal and professional resilience is (or should be) at the top of your “to-do” list.

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Corporate Counsel CPD Webinar Series: Mental Health in a Legal Workplace – A Story from the Inside

Beth Beattie shares her personal story of living with bipolar disorder while working as a lawyer. She addresses the prevalence of mental illness in law offices and discusses the isolation and stigma associated with it especially during the era of COVID-19.

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Managing Construction Risk in 2020 and Beyond – The Pursuit of Success and the Art of Avoiding the Train Wreck

Understanding how these relationships develop through contractual language, the construction process itself, and the resolution of disputes positions parties to allocate risk effectively, build strong relationships, and complete projects successfully.

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Construction after COVID-19: Finding new Coherence Amid a Shaken Industry

While the pandemic has certainly elevated everyone’s stress level, our present circumstances are forcing the industry to make quick adaptations as it rethinks attitudes and practices that were prevalent mere weeks ago.

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Establishing the New Normal: Return to Work Considerations in the COVID-19 Era

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen in some jurisdictions, employers must consider the return to work process and what that entails.

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Managing Disputes During COVID-19

While disputes are an unavoidable risk of doing business, companies need to know how to protect their interests during this time of uncertainty.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on your Workforce in Canada

This webinar is designed to provide clarity on a range of employment law topics and cover up to the minute government programs.

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“Essential” Workplaces and Services – A National Roundup and Best Practices for Managing Business Closures

This webinar will discuss the nationwide impacts, rules and regulations for defining “essential” workplaces and services and the closure of non-essential businesses.

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry: McMillan Answers Your Questions

This webinar will unpack and address the impacts of COVID-19 on the construction industry and how these impacts can be best managed.

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Managing Tax Matters in the Midst of the COVID-­19 Pandemic

As the COVID­19 pandemic disrupts business operations around the world, in­house tax professionals must strive to adapt to rapidly changing tax requirements and new compliance challenges.

COVID-19 Events

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Digital Accessibility Webinar: Demystifying WCAG 2.0 and Other Best Practices

As a result of COVID-19, Canadians have never been more reliant on websites, web-based apps and web services to carry-out essential activities.

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Mar 4, 2021
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Mandatory Vaccination Policies: Enforceable or a Shot in the Dark? (February 10, 2021)

While mass vaccination hasn’t arrived, employers are already wrestling with what the rules should be as we start to return to a new normal.

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Feb 1, 2021

Doing business between US and Canada? What you need to know – Part Two

Please join us for part two of two of our featured panel discussions on Immigration and Employment considerations when doing business between US and Canada.

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Dec 16, 2020
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Doing business between US and Canada? What you need to know – Part One

This is part one of two of our featured panel discussions on Immigration and Employment considerations when doing business between US and Canada.

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Dec 15, 2020

McMillan’s Automotive Industry Webinar Series – Part One

Join us for McMillan’s Two Part Automotive Industry Webinar Series, and hear from speakers from Transport Canada, McMillan Vantage, and McMillan LLP on policy points, legislative updates, regulatory issues, and other important developments spanning the industry.

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Dec 2, 2020

McMillan’s Employment and Labour Webinar

This annual workshop addresses significant legal developments and provides practical advice on responding to employee issues.

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Nov 10, 2020

Corporate Counsel CPD/CLE Webinar Series: Building Personal and Professional Resilience for Everyone

In the wake of this global pandemic, building personal and professional resilience is (or should be) at the top of your “to-do” list.

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Oct 28, 2020

Corporate Counsel CPD Webinar Series: Mental Health in a Legal Workplace – A Story from the Inside

Beth Beattie shares her personal story of living with bipolar disorder while working as a lawyer. She addresses the prevalence of mental illness in law offices and discusses the isolation and stigma associated with it especially during the era of COVID-19.

Read More
Oct 6, 2020