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COVID-19 and Your Business – Answering the Top 10 Questions Asked by Employers

November 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

As the province continues to focus on re-opening the economy during the pandemic, we continue to see swift and dramatic changes to the laws and programs for employers.

As part of the Do It Durham programming, Christine Ashton (a lawyer and partner with Wilson Vukelich LLP) will address the top 10 questions asked by employers further to COVID-19. For example, she will discuss:

  1. What should you keep in mind if you are hiring during the pandemic?
  2. What are your options to keep your workforce flexible?
  3. What can you do if an employee is refusing to return to work?
  4. What personal protective equipment (PPE) do you need to provide to your workers?
  5. When is the deadline for recalling laid off workers back to work?

Presenter: Christine Ashton, Lawyer, Wilson Vukelich LLP

Christine is a partner with Wilson Vukelich LLP, a full service firm in Markham and a leader in business and tax law. Christine’s practice is devoted to the areas of labour and employment law, tax litigation and related litigation.

In regards to her labour and employment law practice, Christine represents unionized and non-unionized employers in all aspects of labour and employment law. Christine is thoroughly versed in issues surrounding the employment relationship from hiring, discipline, compensation, performance management, workplace health and safety, human rights, through to termination. In regards to her unionized clients, Christine has acted as the lead negotiator in collective bargaining and has effectively represented employers in regards to grievances and arbitrations. Christine is frequently engaged in the preparation of employment contracts, manuals, and policies, conducting workplace investigations, and providing client training workshops. Prior to joining Wilson Vukelich, Christine articled with the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

In regards to her tax litigation practice, Christine represents individuals and corporations in their disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency. Christine works with accountants to successfully represent clients at the objection stage, at the appeal stage before the Tax Court of Canada, on applications for judicial review before the Federal Court, on rectification applications, for remission orders, and in regards to requests for taxpayer relief. Christine is particularly focused on positively resolving business related tax disputes, such as the improper assessment of independent contractors as employees, the denial of valid business expense claims, shareholder benefit assessments, and director assessments.

Christine is an active member of various committees, boards, and associations, including acting as the 2020 Chair of the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade. Christine regularly moderates and speaks at events, including those held by the Ontario Bar Association, the Professional Engineers Ontario, the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade, and the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.

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