Despite the turn of a new year, the landscape that surrounds the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to evolve. So much so, the province of Ontario has been set back to State of Emergency restrictions, leaving so much unknown about how it will affect businesses, their continuity, and rights as it relates to employers and employees.

In our recent Experts in Residence session – The Legal Brief, Sandbox hosted experts lawyers of Barriston Law, along with guest experts Janice Leroux from HR Performance and Results and M.P.P. of Barrie-Innisfil Andrea Khanjin to discuss what the new restrictions mean for you and your business.  They touched on subject such as stay at home order specifications, to enforcement measures and further answered concerned attendee questions. 

Many questions were asked, and many were answered! Check out the video below to get acquainted with our experts, the topic, and leave this page feeling supported and more knowledgeable when it comes to your rights as an employer, an employee, specifications, and more.  


Some of the main points covered include:

  • New limits and measures in place
  • Enforcement measures
  • ‘Stay Safe All Day’ campaign 
  • What’s considered an essential trip?
  • Who should work from home
  • Specific sector updates
  • Updated workplace screening requirements 
  • & more!

Webinar facilitators

Joshua Valler

Joshua Valler is a Senior Associate Lawyer at Barriston Law practicing in the areas of Employment Law and Civil / Commercial Litigation. Josh passed the bar in 2016 after graduating with honours from the J.D. program at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. Prior to practicing law, Joshua worked in various capacities for the Federal Government including roles as a Special Assistant to the Member of Parliament for Barrie, a Legislative Assistant to a Senator, and as a Special Assistant to the Minister of National Defence.

Janice Leroux

Janice Leroux is the founder and Partner at HR Performance and Results. The boutique style firm was opened in 2003 and strongly believes that all businesses, regardless of size need senior level HR expertise from partners who are attuned to their business needs.

MPP Barrie-Innisfil
Andrea Khanjin

As a Member of the Ontario PC Caucus, Andrea Khanjin knows what it takes to focus on the things that affect our communities, including the continuation of cleaning up Lake Simcoe. Andrea’s care and desire to help create a better community and habitat landed her the title of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. In this role, she will be able to help improve the community that she is so very proud to call home.


In 2018, the people in the riding of Barrie-Innisfil elected Andrea as their Member of Provincial Parliament. She will now work hard to bring positive results for everyone. She hopes to secure funding for our infrastructure needs, make life in our communities more affordable, and deliver an economic strategy that will help bring better-paying jobs. This community is Andrea’s home. She is proud of the values of hard work, service, and respect that she has learned while living here. She is ready to serve Barrie-Innisfil and bring those values into Queen’s Park.


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