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carlill
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With apologies to Above The Law's Tracker (https://abovethelaw.com/2021/04/law-office-reopening-tracker-2021/), here is a Topic for tracking Canadian firms' re-opening plans (Big, Medium, and Small).

It would be interesting to share:

(1) Intel on how the powers that be in your firm plan on getting you back into the physical offices (full return, phased return etc);

(2) The potential date for any return to the physical office; and

(3) The number of days you'll be required to be in the office.

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carlill
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Agreed! Please include Province/Territory or City.

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Vizslaw
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- Flexible/Phased return to work. There will be no requirement to work in-person a specific number of days, at least not for the foreseeable future. We have been working from home since mid-March 2020, so no one here thinks you need to be at the office to get your work done. Sure it's easier, but you also can't re-watch movies on Netflix all day every day at work. We are a small firm of 8 and our new office is big enough that being in-person is not a problem, as we have 2 floors of a semi-detached house. Some will want to work 3 days in-person, while others want to go back to 5 days;  

- Potential return date of July 1, 2021. However, there is no rush and I would rather have healthy and safe staff. Numbers and vaccination rates are looking promising, but I want to see what happens with the latest variant out there. Our office has been under construction and will be ready by July 1, but there is no requirement to return to working in-person, as indicated above. 

- I also have the suspicion that a significant number of our hearings will continue to operate remotely, such as discipline hearings. So if a hearing is still being conducted over Zoom, we might opt to do those from home too. I dont think I can wear a suit and tie with shorts once we go back in person, so it's going to be hard to get the cat back into that bag.

- We are located in Toronto, if that matters.

 

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Jaggers

We will be going slow and phasing people back in starting with volunteers. In addition to space constraints (we usually pack way more people in than we could with distancing requirements) there are issues with people being comfortable on transit, elevators, food courts, etc. So we won't be rushing people back, but are looking forward to giving people that option.

However, as of today, even though we are now in Step 1, it is still a legal requirement in Ontario to work from home if you can!

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pinball
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In Ontario as well. I've been told not to expect a return to the office in 2021.

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