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Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

’Tis the season to avoid folly: Employee responsibilities, liabilities during party season Christmas party

Employers that organize and host Christmas or holiday parties and similar work-related social events have a number of legal responsibilities. They can be held liable for not taking adequate precautions to protect their employees from foreseeable and preventable harm. ... [read more]

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 1:33 PM

Appeal dismisses application for production of accounting information prior to testator’s death Tax records in piles on a table

In the case of Duhn v. Johnson, 2021 ABQB 35, the Court of Appeal affirmed the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench’s (the court) decision to dismiss an application brought for further production of Alice Jean Duhn’s (the testator) accounting information for the four years leading up to her death. ... [read more]

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 9:03 AM

Franchise renovations and system changes during COVID-19, part two Mna bent under weight with COVID on it

As we discussed in the first article in this series, in franchise systems involving large physical spaces, COVID-19 and the subsequent economic challenges of supply chains and labour shortages have contributed to delays in renovation project completion and cost overruns. This article continues the discussion of the key legal issues involving the contractual framework between the parties and the franchise duty of good faith and fair dealings in the performance or enforcement of the contractual terms. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 4:21 PM

Decision underscores importance of good defence theory Darkness

A crucial first step in any criminal law defence is for an accused and the defence counsel to agree on a theory of the defence. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 2:19 PM

Condominium corporation’s duty to address noise complaints Noise

The Superior Court has recently provided guidance on when and in what circumstances a condominium corporation is required to remedy a noise and vibration complaint made by a residential unit owner. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 2:05 PM

Cyber risk, gaming and COVID: Best practices to minimize liability Pixilated old-fashioned bomb

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged, the gaming industry grew by a remarkable 26 per cent between 2019 and 2021. Lockdown mandates encouraged people to look for various forms of entertainment within the walls of their homes. As a result, millions turned to video games to escape boredom and loneliness. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 10:32 AM

Franchise renovations and system changes during COVID-19, part one Man bent over with a COVID weight on his back

As a condition of the franchise agreement, or a renewal of a franchise, franchisors will typically require that franchisees undertake periodic renovations to bring the location up to the brand’s then current standards. Franchisors may also make system changes and require franchisees to adhere to them. In franchise systems involving large physical spaces (big restaurants, hotels, sports facilities, etc.), COVID-19 and the subsequent economic challenges of supply chains and labour shortages have contributed to delays in renovation project completion and cost overruns. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 9:37 AM

How to manage a remote legal team in 2023 Remote team

Are lawyers able to work remotely? Yes, they can, and it is something many lawyers are passionate about. Approximately two-thirds of private practice lawyers can work remotely 100 per cent of the time, while 23 per cent work between one and three days in the office each week. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 @ 1:23 PM

NEXUS backlogs: Limited solutions available Border crossing with NEXUS line

With increased travel from pandemic-weary travellers has come major travel delays and lineups across airports and border crossings. Ironically, the one program designed to facilitate smoother and faster travel experiences in Canada and the United States, NEXUS, has a backlog of over 330,000 applications since the start of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 @ 11:20 AM

Private-based mediation in family disputes: Mediator and client experiences Mediation

There is a crisis in family law across the country. Courts are backlogged, family law lawyers are busier than ever, and post- separation parent-child relationships are caught in a never-ending spiral of less-than-timely and outright lack of mental health services. ... [read more]