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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.

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...

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...

Is Your Franchise Disclosure Document Up to Date?

Written by on February 21, 2018.

Franchise legislation in Canada (BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and PEI) requires the information contained in a franchisor’s disclosure document (“FDD”) to be updated at various times. Follow these steps to ensure that your document is up-to-date: A franchisor needs to ensure that certain information, such as its list of franchisees, is current as of the date of the FDD. This means that, every time the FDD is updated, the list should be too. There is certain inf...

Follow the Bouncing Ball: Enforcing Termination Provisions

Written by on February 07, 2018.

Employers need some good news these days, with rising minimum wages, employee-friendly changes to many employment standards, and let’s not even mention the stock market. So I’m happy to share the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Nemeth v. Hatch Ltd. in which a very simple termination provision was upheld. Mr. Nemeth had been employed by Hatch Ltd. for just over 19 years when his employment was terminated without cause. The termination provision in his employment contract sai...

Peter Dillon Analyses the Raibex Canada Case

Written by and on February 02, 2018.

Siskinds partner, Peter Dillon, was featured in today’s edition of Advocate Daily for his recent article that analysed the results of Raibex Canada v ASWR Franchising Corp. Dillon regards the decision by the Court of Appeal as a “dose of pragmatism” and a favourable decision for franchisors.  Read the full article here: http://www.advocatedaily.com/peter-dillon-a-dose-of-pragmatism-from-court-of-appeal-dillon.html

Labour & Employment Group Offers Special Rate to Assess Unionization Risk

Written by on January 29, 2018.

Recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 have created a greater risk for unionization in the workplace. Siskinds’ labour and employment group is providing their services at a special set fee to assist organizations in assessing the risk for unionization and how to prepare for handling it, should it occur. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Makenzie Carroll at 519.672.2251 x2377 or by email at makenzie.carroll@s...