Your estate plan

Proactive tool for the future The current global pandemic has brought estate planning considerations to the forefront. Many individuals are worried about their health, family and finances during this time of uncertainty. The urgency to have appropriate estate-planning documents completed is more prevalent now than ever. It is important to be proactive. A well-informed estate […]

Review or regret

Pay attention to employment contracts MANY EMPLOYERS RELY UPON standard form employment contracts, believing that they are sufficient to meet their specific hiring needs. However, employers should have experienced employment law lawyers regularly review their employment contracts, to ensure that the terms are valid and enforceable. The recent Court of Appeal for Ontario decision, Waksdale […]

Tracking beneficial owners

New record-keeping requirements In case you missed it, you may be surprised to find out that the Canada Business Corporation Act (the “CBCA”) has recently been amended on a couple of occasions to introduce new record-keeping requirements. As part of the global movement to enhance beneficial ownership transparency in an effort to curb money laundering […]

Contracts and Covid-19

Understand obligations during pandemic disruption As Covid-19 continues its rapid spread throughout the globe, it brings with it unprecedented disruption to every aspect of our lives, both personal and business. While our health, undoubtedly, remains our number one priority, Covid- 19 is also bringing about momentous interruption to our businesses. Government restrictions, travel restrictions, cancellations, […]

Blood from a stone

Three ways the law helps with collection The last thing a creditor would want, after spending significant time and money in suing a debtor, is a “paper judgment” worth no more than the paper it is printed on. The term is often used to describe a judgment that cannot be enforced in any practical way. […]

Liability clauses

Understand risks and benefits Businesses routinely use or, knowingly or unknowingly, sign contracts that contain some form of an exclusion or limitation of liability clause. While such clauses vary considerably in size and scope, for illustrative purposes only, you may have seen a clause similar to this: “In no event will Supplier be liable for […]

Social media

A new workplace policy to enforce Social media has had a profound impact on our lives and that impact has extended beyond our personal lives and into the workplace. Just a few years ago, social media was considered a leisure activity and distraction to be avoided at work. Today, organizations use social media to further […]

Secret recordings

Proactive workplace policies make sense The proliferation of mobile devices and related technologies has made it easier and more common for people to surreptitiously record private conversations. Even in the workplace, recording conversations is on the rise; people are frequently slipping their smartphones into their pocket and turning on their recording apps before the start […]

Your will(s)

When and why to have more than one In some Canadian jurisdictions, a person can have more than one will. The main reason for using multiple wills is to save probate tax. Assume an individual, call her Betty, dies in Ontario and owns the following assets at her death: a home owned jointly as joint […]

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 […]