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 […]

3 Legal Updates: Business income tax, asset sales and auditing policy

ELIMINATING SOME INCOME TAX ADVANTAGES On July 18, 2017, the Federal Department of Finance announced proposed changes to the Income Tax Act (the ITA) in Canada that are intended to “level the playing field” by removing certain tax advantages that for decades have been part of tax planning for many family-owned businesses operating through private […]

Stomping out a work place requirement

Mr. Mason has just opened a new restaurant that he hopes will compete with such large restaurant chains as The Keg, Joey’s and Earl’s. When you attend the restaurant you notice that your server, Katherine, is knowledgeable, polite and gracefully glides between tables and patrons to accurately serve your order all while wearing very high […]

Documents matter

It pays to maintain proper corporate records ARE YOU THINKING OF SELLING or financing your business? Are you involved in shareholders’ dispute? Or, perhaps worse yet, is your business being audited by the taxing authorities or involved in a litigation? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will likely find that maintaining […]