The law and your rights at the time of the COVID-19

La loi et vos droits au temps de la COVID-19

There is no doubt, the pandemic has disrupted the daily lives of Quebecers. How to see clearly then that social cues are completely turned upside down. What are the rights and responsibilities of workers, parents, seniors, etc ? This guide offers insights for making informed choices and make good decisions.

COVID-19: an exceptional restriction of freedoms

Heavy fines, citizens are confined, re-impossible in the face of a virus that is difficult to control : how to find your way among all these measures that have suddenly disrupted our daily lives ?

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Return-to-work: in any condition?

The return to work is accompanied by a number of issues : safe work environment, refusal to work, child care, layoffs… If the situation exceptional force to study certain situations on a case-by-case basis, the rules laid down by the law will be able to in spite of everything help you see more clearly.

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Telework: a new reality… and more questions

Several people are found to make telework since the beginning of the confinement. For some, it is a pleasure to be in the house. For others, it is quite an adjustment. As a ” teleworker “, the rules are the same as those in the workplace ?

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Change the custody of children during the containment : not everything is allowed

The crisis is causing headaches for separated parents who share custody of their children. Between the fear of contamination and the compliance with the judgment of child care, how to find ?

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Alimony and loss of employment: must you continue to pay?

Since the beginning of the crisis, many separated parents who pay child support have lost their jobs and they are no longer able to pay for it. That happens when a parent can no longer pay the maintenance which is used to cover the essential expenses of the children ?

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Ill-treatment-in-residence: the remedies exist

The law requires that seniors must be treated with dignity and have the right to live in a clean and safe place. So you have some recourse if you find that an establishment does not respect your rights or those of a loved one.

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Health care: when the person cannot express his or her wishes

The COVID-19 poses serious risks to the health of seniors. Many people must be hospitalized and, sometimes, be put on an artificial respirator in order to survive. In general, a person has the choice to consent to or refuse care. However, there are some exceptions.

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Crisis in NURSING homes: minimum standards exist

The accommodation centres, and long-term care, NURSING homes, are especially the headlines in recent weeks because they concentrate many cases of outbreaks of COVID-19. If the working conditions may vary between public and private, the conditions of life of the residents must meet certain standards, regardless of the status of the institution.

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Need help? Please consult a professional

Since every situation is unique, you may need information or legal advice additional to help you overcome the events that you are experiencing. Here you will find a selection of useful resources to assist you in your efforts. These resources are free or at low cost.

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System of justice and courts: a forced mutation… and sustainable?

Trial postponed, deadlines pushed back… The current situation creates an immense pressure on a justice system that is already overloaded. However, the health crisis forces the system to adopt technology solutions to enable the activities of the courts to resume gradually while respecting the rules of social distancing. But is this transformation forced to be deep and lasting ?

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La loi et vos droits au temps de la COVID-19

Informational text – This text is not legal advice; it is recommended to consult with a lawyer or a notary public to such a notice. Éducaloi is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inform Quebecers of their rights and obligations in a clear language”.

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