Must employers accommodate medical cannabis? Maybe not

The emphasis is in “may not”, or at least that is the conclusion reached by a court in Newfoundland. In International Brotherhood Lower Churchill Transmission Construction Employers’ Assn. Inc. v IBEW, Local 1620 (Tizzard), Re, 2018 CarswellNfld 198, the court found that the employer, Valdar Construction LP (“Valdar”), did not make a mistake when it […]

Employee resignations

Not all legal obligations are on employers A resignation can be emotionally charged, so it helps to be reminded of the consequences of saying or hearing the words “I quit.” Contrary to popular belief, there is no law that stipulates that employees must give two weeks, or any other prescribed amount of notice of their […]

Duties and liabilities of directors and officers

It is a common misconception that if you are a director or officer of a private corporation you cannot be held personally liable for acting as such; after all, a corporation was incorporated to run your business to avoid personal liability. However, directors and officers of a corporation can be held personally liable should they […]

Workplace investigations

More common, and must be done right Investigations into claims of employee misconduct were once reserved for the most serious and complicated allegations of wrongdoing involving a company’s senior-level employees. However, workplace investigations are becoming increasingly common in light of recent high-profile incidents, which have raised public awareness for the right of all employees to be free from […]

Digital assets: Don’t ignore this component of your estate plan

We draft wills and name executors to carry out our wishes for our assets when we die. Digital assets are becoming ever more present in our lives but are often overlooked in estate planning. Take a moment to contemplate your digital assets. Consider your digital devices — your desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone — and […]

Construction liens

A remedy tough as nails Construction liens offer security to anyone providing labour and materials that enhance the value of land and property. Practically speaking, registering a lien on title to a property will prevent the owner of the property from mortgaging, selling, or otherwise dealing with the property until the lien is dealt with. […]

It’s never too early to incorporate

It is no secret that Canadians have been caught up in the start-up culture that has emerged across various industries. According to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s small business statistics, there are just over 1 million small businesses across the country, which employ approximately 8.2 million people that constitute 70.5 percent of private sector […]

Small claims court

Five options for defending yourself Going to court can be expensive. However, in some circumstances, a lower-cost option is available. The Small Claims Court is a branch of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that is designed to be a people’s court and a “court of equity.” It was created to increase access to justice by […]

Big changes coming

Bill 148: Labour law in Ontario By David Alli At this point, many of us have heard about the increases to the minimum wage that will be taking effect across the province of Ontario. This change is part of the “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act,” also known as Bill 148, which is intended to update workplace laws across Ontario. […]

Seller beware?

Rocky residential real estate landscape Joseph and Anna Canuck are retired and living mortgage-free in their 2,100-square-foot bungalow in Vaughan, Ont. After years of home ownership, they have decided to downsize by mov- ing into a condominium. On the advice of their realtor, they list their home for sale on March 10, 2017, asking $710,000 […]