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Published on: 13 Dec 2019 By

‘Tis the Season: A Refresher on Social Host Liability

Another year is coming to an end. ‘Tis the season of holiday parties with friends, family, and colleagues. Amid this festivity, a reminder about the law on social host liability is apropos. The leading case on social host liability is Childs v Desormeaux[1], where the Supreme Court of Canada…

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Published on: 10 Dec 2019 By

6 Key Elements of a Business Succession Plan

Recently, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (“CFIB”) suggested that “some 72% of business owners intend to exit their businesses within the next decade, with over 1.5 trillion dollars’ worth of business assets to be transferred to a new generation of business owners”[1]. This s…

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Published on: 6 Dec 2019 By

Changes are Coming: 2020 Amendments to the Simplified Procedure

The new year will be ushered in with substantial changes to Rule 76 of the Rules of Civil Procedure relating to the simplified procedure, with amendments taking effect on January 1st, 2020. Related changes to the Courts of Justice Act have also been implemented. The amendments are part of an…

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Published on: 25 Nov 2019 By

Public Holiday Pay: Is Your Absent Employee Entitled To It?

Section 26 of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) outlines an employer’s compensation obligation towards their employees when a public holiday falls on a regular work day. In order to be entitled to public holiday pay, the employee must pass the “Last and First Rule” – which req…

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Published on: 21 Nov 2019 By

Class Counsel Can Continue to Represent Class Members where a Conflict of Interest Arises with Provincial Health Insurers

In Perdikaris v. Purdue Pharma, 2019 SKQB 281, the Chief Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench has ruled that a conflict of interest between Provincial Health Insurers (“PHIs”) and the Representative Plaintiffs and/or Class Members that emerges as the matter proceeds will not au…

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Published on: 20 Nov 2019 By

Under Suspicion: Top 10 Tips for Conducting a Workplace Investigation

Workplace investigations are an important process in any workplace. In some cases they are required by legislation and in others they are just good practice. Before conducting your own internal workplace investigation, be sure you have considered all of the points below. 1. Pick an investiga…

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Published on: 15 Nov 2019 By

Can employers ask job-applicants if they are eligible to work in Canada on a “permanent basis”? That’s the $120k question.

As a part of their job-application process, many employers ask applicants a question about the applicant’s ability or eligibility to work in Canada. Depending on the exact wording of that question, it may violate the Human Rights Code (the “Code”). Such a violation could be costly. In 2018, …

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