Stage two of reopening the economy has commenced for the Province of Ontario, however, the criteria and modifications that are needed to do so may be unclear to many. 

In our recent Experts in Residence session, The Legal Brief, Sandbox hosted experts Barriston Law and special guests to explore the recent stage two reopening updates and amendments that have been made to the Employment Standards Act. Experts were able to provide some clarity to business owners and simplify the current standing for employer rights when it comes to employees returning back to work. 

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 and employee as it relates to COVID-19. 


Some of the main points covered include:

Webinar facilitators

Josh Valler

Joshua Valler is an 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

Andrea Khanjin

MPP Barrie-Innisfil Andrea Khanjin
As elected MPP of Barrie -Innisfil, Andrea works 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. Andrea is also a Member of the Ontario PC Caucus, Andrea 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.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.

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.

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