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Bill 47 – Amendments to the Labour Relations Act, 1995

Written by on November 14, 2018.

The legislation governing unionized workplaces in Ontario, the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (the “LRA”) will be amended by the Ontario government if the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (“Bill 47”) passes in its current form.  Expected changes will include the following: Repeal of Union’s ability to obtain a list of employees Currently, s, 6.1 allows a trade union to obtain a list of employee names and contact information if the union obtains membership cards from twent...

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...

Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018

Written by on November 09, 2018.

Many businesses that are provincially-regulated employers in Ontario have spent the better part of last year changing their workplace policies to ensure compliance with the labour reforms implemented by the Wynne government in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (“Bill 148”). However, such businesses should be aware that Ontario’s recently elected Progressive Conservative government has tabled the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (“Bill 47”) which, if passed in its current f...

In the Family Law Context: Custody and Guardianship of a Minor’s Property

Written by on November 06, 2018.

Frequently I meet with clients who inquire about having a Will prepared, given their separation.  They express concerns about their child(ren)’s future in the event something happens to them now that they are separated.  The typical client may ask about what happens to “custody” of their child(ren) in the event of their death, and have questions about who will look after the property that you wish to leave to your minor child(ren) upon your death. In Ontario under the Children’s Law...

Auto Parts – Braking Systems

Written by on October 30, 2018.

This action is one of approximately 40 class actions that have been commenced regarding alleged price-fixing of automobile parts. The unlawful conspiracies relate to the prices of parts installed by automakers in new vehicles. The class actions affect any person in Canada who purchased or leased a new vehicle containing the relevant parts or who purchased the relevant parts for installation in a new vehicle (ie. automakers). The braking systems class action alleges that the Defendants unlaw...

Peter Dillon and Serge Anissimoff to deliver a lecture at Western University

Written by on October 18, 2018.

On October 29, Peter Dillon and Serge Anissimoff will deliver a lecture to the Master of Management of Applied Sciences program at Western University. Peter will speak on the subject of upcoming trends in technology, including block chain, crypto currency and artificial intelligence. Serge will address intellectual property concerns including patents, trademarks and copyright.  

A Primer on Real Estate Issues in Estate Litigation

Written by on October 11, 2018.

This paper provides a high-level outline — the “Coles notes”— on frequently encountered real estate issues in estate litigation, specifically, claims arising from proprietary estoppel, the doctrine of part performance, unjust enrichment and the imposition of resulting trusts.  It also briefly reviews a pre-judgment remedy, i.e. the certificate of pending litigation, which regularly arises in such proceedings. The information below is not intended to provide an exhaustive analysis of ...

21st Annual Estates and Trusts Law Summit – October 10 & 11

Written by on October 05, 2018.

Siskinds associate Dagmara Wozniak will be speaking at the 21st Annual Estates and Trusts Law Society of Ontario Summit on October 10th, sharing her knowledge on the topic of “Real Estate Issues in Estate Litigation”. To find out more about the two-day summit, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, click here: https://store.lso.ca/21st-annual-estates-and-trusts-summit-day-one

Is Bill 148 being scrapped in its entirety?

Written by on October 03, 2018.

Premier Doug Ford was quoted yesterday (Tuesday October 2, 2018) in the legislature as saying, “We’re getting rid of Bill 148. We’re going to make sure we protect the front-line workers.” His Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson was quick to slow down the move, saying, “There are parts that we will keep and there are parts that probably will go” and went on to say that the process is under review. Recently, Ford announced that the minimum wage increase scheduled for January 1,...

Cities could add another layer to data protection

Written by on September 28, 2018.

Protecting citizens' private online information is so important that municipalities are even stepping up to provide another layer of protection to consumers, On Nov. 6, voters in San Francisco will decide whether to enact a municipal “Privacy First Policy.” If passed, businesses in the city would be required to disclose their data collection policies and obtain input from communities impacted when drafting them, says Peter Dillon, a partner with Siskinds LLP. Read the full article featu...