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Legal Considerations for Start-Ups

Written by on April 18, 2018.

Introduction “Starting companies is a lot like launching rockets: if you’re a tenth of a degree off at launch, you may be a thousand miles off downrange” – Craig Johnson One of the most common mistakes start-ups make is not seeking legal advice when founding their company. While financial resources may be strained during the start-up phase of a business, having a solid legal foundation in place can help avoid major (and expensive) headaches down the line. Here are some important legal ...

Paula Lombardi to Speak at OBA Professional Development Program

Written by on April 16, 2018.

On Thursday, May 3 at 8:30am, join Paula Lombardi, environmental lawyer at Siskinds, for a professional development session at DoubleTree by Hilton London Ontario, led by the Ontario Bar Association. Paula will be leading a discussion on the topic, Environmental Contamination for the Transactional Lawyer: A Way Through the Maze. This presentation can be experienced in person or via webcast. For more information and to register, click here.

‘Predator’ Spouse, Take Note of Hunt v. Worrod

Written by on April 10, 2018.

Predatory marriages have drawn a lot of attention in recent years. They are believed to be on the rise. For families with single, elderly family members, this phenomenon is alarming. For Ontario’s estate litigators, the governing legal principles are infuriating. Too often in the past, the predatory spouse has prevailed because the common law offers limited recourse; that is, until Hunt v. Worrod.[1] Released in December 2017, Hunt v. Worrod may just have changed the legal landscape of predato...

New Hope for Brain Injuries: Pituitary Gland Testing

Written by on April 09, 2018.

At a medical conference I attended a few years ago, I recall one of the guest speakers said the only cure for a brain injury is avoidance.  He of course was referring to the school of thought that for the most part, neurons don’t recover after a brain injury.  While that may be open to debate, there is hope for improvement for some types of brain injury that often goes overlooked. The pituitary gland sits at the base of the brain, and is easily damaged with even a relatively mild i...

Intellectual Property (IP) Firm Joins Siskinds LLP

Written by on April 05, 2018.

We are pleased to announce that on April 2, Anissimoff & Associates joined Siskinds LLP. Serge Anissimoff, Jaime Holroyd, Jessica Yaromich and Sina Giugno became members of our intellectual property (IP) team. The addition of these professionals expands our capabilities in legal services related to trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other aspects of intellectual property law. Welcome to the firm!

So You’re Interested in Buying a Franchise. What Next?

Written by on March 15, 2018.

So you’re interested in buying a franchise. What next? There are many reasons to buy a franchise. Whether you’re attracted to the prospect of running your own business, the support that being a part a franchise system offers, owning a business that already has an established presence and reputation, the higher rate of success franchised businesses experience over other start-ups or one of any other number of advantages of purchasing a franchise, it’s important that you carefully consider ...

Closing the Wage Gap in Ontario?

Written by on March 12, 2018.

In yet another “time for a change” speech, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced last week that the government will take steps to close the wage gap between men and women. The gender-based wage gap has been stagnant for over a decade at about 30% - usually expressed as women earning 70 cents for every dollar earned by men. Bill 203 is titled the “Pay Transparency Act” and, if passed into law, many large employers will have to make further changes to some long-standing policies and...

Towards a More Cooperative Canadian Class Action Regime: CBA Adopts Revised Judicial Protocol on Multijurisdictional Class Actions

Written by on March 07, 2018.

Class actions will often address wrongs and harm that transcend the borders of a single Canadian province. A faulty medical device might be distributed across the country and wreak its harmful effects upon residents in many or all provinces. Similarly, when a public company misleads its investors about its business, those investors will almost certainly reside all over Canada. That has led to the phenomenon of multijurisdictional class actions, which refers to a situation where class actions ...

She’s Having a Baby! What do the New Extended EI Parental Benefits Mean for Employers?

Written by on February 28, 2018.

In March 2017, the federal government announced its intention to extend employment insurance parental benefits to 18 months. This change took effect on December 3, 2017. While many Canadian employers are not thrilled with this change, it’s not all bad news. Same Total Maximum EI Benefits Parents currently receive up to 50 weeks of employment insurance benefits when they take time off work because of pregnancy, childbirth or adoption. The maternity benefit[1] is up to 15 weeks, whereas t...

EU Data Privacy Changes Are Just Around the Corner

Written by on February 28, 2018.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a series of laws that were approved by the European Union Parliament that come into effect on May 25th, 2018.   The GDPR standardizes data protection across the EU member states and will bring harmonization across the EU regarding data privacy.  It provides individuals with greater control over the use of their personal data. Companies are processing and holding an increasing amount of personal information about their clients and customers. ...