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Published on: 18 Nov 2020 By

Right to access your vehicle’s telematic data?

In our previous post, we explained how the US November 3rd election resulted in developments that were overlooked. Namely, the expansion of the recreational and medicinal cannabis market. Another underreported but critical development took place in Massachusetts where Bay Staters voted en ma…

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Published on: 17 Nov 2020 By

Employers: Supreme Court of Canada weighs in on discrimination, bonus entitlements

It has been some time since the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) last addressed employment-law related issues, but it recently issued two noteworthy decisions that may be relevant to employers. In Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 SCC 28, the SCC arguably set the bar lower for employe…

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Published on: 13 Nov 2020 By

What real estate professionals need to know about incorporating

On March 4, 2020, Bill 145 received royal assent and amended and replaced the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act with the Trust in Real Estate Services Act (TRESA). The most significant amendment ushered in under TRESA is that real estate professionals are now permitted to carry on their b…

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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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