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Everything is electronic: Implementing electronic delivery of franchise disclosure documents and electronic execution of documents

Written by on November 09, 2018.

Everything is electronic. It certainly feels that way. Even in areas that are slow to adopt change, digital is taking over. While many franchise systems are on the cutting edge of technology in their offerings and their methods of conducting business with clients, the processes of selling franchises have taken longer to fully embrace the digital wave. This is not doubted attributable to the many advantages of conducting aspects of the franchise sales process using electronic means – efficiency...

L&E Client Conference 2016

Written by on June 03, 2016.

WELCOME TO SISKINDS LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT CLIENT CONFERENCE 2016 Below please find an indexed PDF file containing all conference materials – just click on the link to open the file. 2016 Conference Materials

Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000

Written by on July 30, 2015.

New ESA Poster Requirement The Ministry of Labour has released a new version (6.0) of its Employment Standards Poster, Employment Standards in Ontario. Posting The new version of the poster must be posted in each of an employer’s workplaces in a location where it is likely to come to the attention of employees (printed out on letter-size 8 ½" X 11" paper) . The English version of the poster must be posted in each workplace. If the majority of the workplace speaks a language other than Engl...

New SCC Decision Finds Paid Administrative Suspensions Can Trigger Constructive Dismissals

Written by on July 08, 2015.

Most employers are familiar with the most common changes to employment contracts that can trigger a constructive dismissal: changing pay, hours, demotions, duties, work location, etc. However, in the March 2015 decision of Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned two lower court decisions, finding that an 8-week paid administrative suspension constituted sufficient grounds to declare the employment relationship constructively dismissed. The ...

Franchise Law Update To Be Presented at Business Law Seminar

Written by on May 27, 2015.

Franchise Lawyer Peter Dillon will be speaking at the upcoming Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2015 conference, hosted by the Law Society of Upper Canada. The talk will include the latest legislative and case law developments that impact franchises. For details and registration, please visit the Law Society website.

MOECC Updates – May 2015

Written by on May 25, 2015.

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep you informed of environmental issues that could impact your business, we have collected this list of recent MOECC news and fines for violations of the Environmental Protection Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act. If you have any questions or would like more information about how these Regulations have implications on your business, please contact Paula Lombardi. Excavation Company Fined $12,000 For Operating Equipment Without Approval Kingston - ...

Court of Appeal Upholds ERT Finding in Blanding’s Turtle Case

Written by on May 05, 2015.

On April 20, 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal restored the finding of the Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT”) that the proposed Ostrander Point wind farm would result in “serious and irreversible” harm to the Blanding’s turtle. The Ostrander Point wind farm project is a nine-turbine 22.5 megawatt wind farm on Crown land in Prince Edward County along the shores of Lake Ontario. The Court of Appeal allowed Ostrander’s cross-appeal to file fresh evidence relating its proposal to a...

Disclosure Requirements Give Franchisees A Way Out – Video

Written by on April 20, 2015.

Franchise lawyer Peter Dillon, spoke recently with and says that the courts tend to give franchisees a get out of jail free card due to the emphasis placed upon disclosure at the time of purchase. Click here to view the video.

Rappel d’aliments XL

Written by on January 16, 2015.

For more information on this action, please refer to our Consumer Protection section

ON Gov Retirees Health Benefits

Written by on January 16, 2015.

ON Gov Retirees Health Benefits A class action was commenced against the Provincial Government (Defendant) on behalf of all retired former employees of the Ontario Government who were receiving health benefits coverage as of June 1, 2002. The Statement of Claim alleges that the Defendant reduced a number of benefits to the retirees, including dental and medical coverage. The reduction in retiree's benefits was contrary to the implied term that the benefits vested on retirement and could not be...