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 […]

Investigating sexual harassment in the workplace

Happy Co. is a small company specializing in the production, sale and installation of custom flooring products in Ontario. Its head office, fabrication plant and retail location (the “plant”) has 20 employees. Happy Co.’s service and installation department also employs 20 employees (techs) that work off-site. At the beginning of each day, the techs must […]

When a shareholder doesn’t share

Alex and Justin are equal shareholders of a food packaging company. The two of them met over 12 years ago when they were both working as salespeople for a beverage company. They became good friends and with their shared desire to become entrepreneurs, they decided to start their business together. By Sahar Cadili Justin has […]

Purchase tips for commercial or industrial condos

Buying a new commercial or industrial condominium unit directly from the builder or a resale condominium unit can be a confusing process, especially for first time buyers. By Maja Mitrovic If you are purchasing a new Unit, the builder will usually require you to sign the builder’s form of agreement of purchase and sale (the […]

Powers of attorney: Property and person

Although most individuals understand the importance of having a will, the importance of having a Power of Attorney for Property and a Power of Attorney for Personal Care is often overlooked. A Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives another individual the right to act on one’s behalf during the grantor’s lifetime. There […]

Disability access: are you totally compliant?

By David Alli   The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) came into law in 2005, and has continued to have a significant impact on private, public and not-for-profit businesses in Ontario. Organizations should be considering whether they have been compliant with the AODA, as there are significant monetary consequences for failing to do […]

Termination done right

Terminating an employee is one of the most difficult decisions employers face. Once the decision to terminate has been made, employers must consider the potential negative effects upon the employee, other staff, the organization’s reputation, and the threat of litigation. To avoid negative consequences, the conduct of the termination is as important as the decision […]

Expanded OHS obligations

By Cheryl A. Edwards and Jeremy Warning An incident in which a male spectator at a Toronto soccer match uttered a vulgar phrase into the microphone of a female television reporter has, again, generated intense public discussion regarding the issue of sexual harassment. This incident has added to the recent list of allegations of sexual […]

Revisions to the Canada Labour Code: Danger-ous?

  By Jeremy Warning Although decried by organized labour, key amendments to Part II of the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) came into effect on Oct. 31, 2014. These amendments change the definition of “danger” in the Code and provide expanded obligations for the workplace parties when an employee exercises the right to refuse dangerous work. Organized labour has been vocal […]

Obligations when employees travel for work

By Jeremy Warning Many workers are required to travel as part of their jobs. They may travel for sales trips, service calls, conferences, client meetings, or even accompanying students on field trips. Unfortunately, workers are sometimes injured while travelling. There have been a number recent examples of workers being injured while travelling for work. In […]