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$500 Million Tim Hortons Class Action – A Warning for Franchisors Administrating Ad Funds

Written by on August 28, 2017.

Tim Hortons is the largest franchise system in Canada by number of franchised locations, operating with approximately 3,500 units nationally. Accordingly, any legal action relating to the business makes waves in the franchise community and serves as a warning to other franchisors. On June 19, 2017, an Ontario-based Tim Hortons franchisee filed a $500 million class action lawsuit (the “Claim”) against its franchisor, its franchisor’s parent, the company that distributes its advertising f...

Just Cause: All’s Well That Ends Well, But in the Meantime…

Written by on August 23, 2017.

It’s not news to readers of this blog that proving just cause for the dismissal of an employee is a high hurdle. Our clients also know that we usually recommend the continuation of a dismissed employee’s group benefits during negotiations post-dismissal.  Now there’s a case to highlight the important connection between these two principles. Remy Fernandes was a teacher at Mississauga Private School for 10 years, but not a good one. At trial, the judge found that Mr. Fernandes had: deli...

EU-US Privacy Shield Framework – Does it Apply to Your Business?

Written by on August 21, 2017.

Background In late 2015, the highest court in the European Union invalidated the Safe Harbor data-transfer framework that ruled over the transmission of personal data between the EU and U.S. for approximately 15 years. The European Court of Justice held that the U.S. government’s repeated and surreptitious access to the data of EU residents violated EU privacy rules and invalidated the agreement. In response, the European Commission and the U.S. Government negotiated a new framework for tr...

Canada Consumer Product Safety Act – Does it Apply to Your Business?

Written by on August 18, 2017.

The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (“CCPSA”) has the stated purpose of protecting the public by addressing or preventing dangers to human health or safety that are posed by consumer products in Canada, including those products that are imported.[1] The legislation defines a “danger to human health or safety” as an unreasonable hazard, either existing or potential, that is posed by a consumer product during its use or as a result of its normal or foreseeable use that may have an ad...

Going to Court in Ontario: Selecting the Proper Jurisdiction to Commence Your Claim

Written by on August 17, 2017.

Summary This article provides a comparative review of the two venues to commence your legal action in Ontario. Overview If you have suffered a wrong (i.e. breach of contract) you may commence a legal proceeding in an Ontario court. You may do so in Small Claims Court (“SCC”) or in the Superior Court of Justice (“SCJ”). This article provides a comparison of both procedural paths and concludes with the benefits and drawbacks of each. The substantive law (i.e. the interpretation of...

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Written by on August 01, 2017.

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Frustration of Employment Contract: What to Consider Before Throwing in the Towel

Written by on July 31, 2017.

Like any contract, an employment contract can be “frustrated” when continued performance of the contract becomes impossible or would be radically different because of a dramatic change in circumstances. Employers typically raise frustration of contract to formally end the employment relationship with employees who have been away from work for a long time and are unlikely to return. The most common reason an employee is unable to return to work and, therefore, where frustration of contract...

Concerned About Bill 148? Have Your Say By This Friday

Written by on July 18, 2017.

Yesterday, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs’ tour of Ontario hit London to hear from the public on the changes to labour and employment legislation proposed in Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Throughout the day, the Committee considered oral presentations from nineteen parties, the majority of whom spoke on behalf of unions, community services, and the farm and food processing sector, and expressed concerns from an employee perspective. The full agen...

Public Hearings Regarding the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, in London on July 17

Written by on July 11, 2017.

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, is currently working its way through the Ontario legislature and, if passed into law, would impose many new obligations on employers. For more details on those changes, please see our previous blog posts on the subject. Bill 148 is in the “committee stage” of the legislative process, and the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs is currently holding public consultations to receive input on the proposed legislation. Hear...

Up in Smoke: An Update on Marijuana in the Workplace

Written by on July 05, 2017.

We are often asked to comment on what effect the proposed legalization of marijuana is likely to have on workplaces. As I noted last year, many employers already have experience with marijuana-related workplace issues, given that the drug has been used for medical purposes for some time. However, the legalization and resulting-wide spread availability of marijuana will almost certainly create more opportunities for it to enter into the workplace. Is It Legal Yet? No. On April 13, 2017, ...