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Published on: 13 Nov 2020 By

Fines of over $120,000 imposed for serial violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Not ensuring a safe workplace can be a costly mistake as one London, Ontario rebar fabricator recently found out.  During the summer of 2018, a Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Inspector issued 18 orders to AGF Rebar Inc. (“AGF”) requiring that certain machinery inside its…

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Published on: 9 Nov 2020 By ,

Estate planning for professionals

As professionals progress in their careers, the estate planning process may become quite complex. The development of a clear estate plan is critical to ensure that the intentions of the testator are honoured, while dealing with the estate in the most tax efficient manner. Many business owner…

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Published on: 6 Nov 2020 By

Ontario’s new restriction framework and what that means for Ontario businesses

Consistent with the ever-changing nature of rules and regulations around COVID-19, the Province of Ontario has announced a rehauling of the COVID-19 alert framework we have become accustomed to (Stages 1-3), by way of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, effective Saturday November 7…

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Published on: 6 Nov 2020 By

How many questions is too many on an examination for discovery by written interrogatories?

In a case of sufficient size and complexity, asking several hundred questions on an examination for discovery by written interrogatories may not be disproportionate absent bad faith or illegality, according to a recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. In the recent case of …

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Published on: 6 Nov 2020 By

Just talk to each other! How a simple conversation can reduce liability

Family status accommodation requests are some of the most difficult faced by employers. Where is the line between an employee’s personal preference and a legal right to expect accommodation? Recently, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal drew that line and in doing so, provided some em…

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Published on: 4 Nov 2020 By

New hiring practices for publicly funded school boards to reflect diversity and merit

As school boards across the province face teacher shortages, the Ontario government recently made changes to how teaching positions can be filled by publicly funded school boards in Ontario.  Effective October 29, 2020, the Ontario government revoked O. Reg 274/12: Hiring Practices, which fa…

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Published on: 4 Nov 2020 By

How to trim eDiscovery costs part two: Review fewer documents and review efficiently

In my previous blog post How to trim eDiscovery costs part one: Laying the groundwork, I discussed reducing eDiscovery costs by taking the time to set the stage before documents are exchanged. In the next few weeks I will share some more of our practical tips in a series of short articles. H…

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Published on: 3 Nov 2020 By

Assessing medical malpractice damages—non-pecuniary general damages

This article on non-pecuniary general damages is part of a series of articles that discuss the types of damages that may be claimed in a medical negligence case. It is important to note, however, that each case is unique, and the damages claimed will differ as between individuals. The assess…

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