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Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

Equity compensation for independent contractors equitysharing

Tech startups often compensate independent contractors or vendors with equity, such as stock options or restricted stock. Businesses can acquire needed services without dipping into their coffers, and contractors can make an investment with minimal cash and potentially realize significant returns. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

How climate change affects insurance smokyfactory

Climate change is real and it is costing insurers a pretty penny. According to an annual report by Swiss Re., the total 2018 global insured losses from natural disasters was estimated to be US$71 billion. This was well above the 10-year average of US$63 billion but 50 per cent lower than 2017 which saw approximately US$143 billion in insured losses. This decline was due in large part to the three major hurricanes that rocked the insurance industry in 2017. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 3:17 PM

Estate planning for millennials: The importance of family law considerations Millennials_group_sm.jpg

In my July 2018 article Estate planning for millennials: No time like the present, I discussed the importance of millennials and estate planning and the unintended consequences that can result from failing to have proper planning in place. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 11:11 AM

Multijurisdictional and separate situs estate planning: The details global_houses_sm

Owning property in another jurisdiction often means more complexity, and those who do should have a co-ordinated and comprehensive estate plan to deal with their multijurisdictional lives in order to avoid often hidden pitfalls. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 12:59 PM

The difference between a cryptocurrency and a crypto commodity crypto_tax_sm

When bitcoin peaked at almost US$20,000 in late 2017 and cryptocurrencies came to the forefront of global news, much speculation and consideration was given to viability, growth and the future of cryptocurrencies. While regulators were concerned with protecting investors, we focused on understanding digital currencies to properly advise our clients. ... [read more]

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 3:04 PM

How custody and access are determined for co-parents like Drake parentsharingumbrella

“Single father, I hate when I hear itI used to challenge my parents on every albumNow I'm embarrassed to tell them I ended up as a co-parent.” ... [read more]

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 10:40 AM

Statutory interpretation life and death issue in assistance in dying law docatdeathbed.jpg

In law we often use phrases that, we hope, strike a balance between offering both guidance and flexibility. I imagine the conversations legislative drafters must have as they debate the interpretation of specific words, dancing the line between detailed legislation and constitutional infringement. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 2:31 PM

Decisions involving termination of long-term employees should concern employers olderguyatdesk_sm.jpg

Employers considering terminating long-term employees in Canada should be aware of two relatively recent decisions. In one case, Dawe v. Equitable Life Insurance Co. of Canada 2018 ONSC 3130, the terminated employee, age 62, was a highly paid senior vice-president employed for 37 years when terminated. In the second case, Bailey v. Service Corp.International (Canada) ULC  [2018] B.C.J. No. 274, the 60-year-old employee had held a sales position for 17 years when terminated. These cases suggest that some courts believe that long-term employees of advanced age should not be terminated without being provided the financial equivalent of what they would have received had they been given reasonable notice. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 1:35 PM

Imperfect science of cannabis impairment testing potleafdesk

Employers face a serious challenge in cannabis testing in the workplace — the current science cannot test for present impairment. Cannabis has unique qualities that make it unlike other drugs or alcohol. It is processed differently by the body, creates inactive byproducts and is retained in body tissue for weeks or longer. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 9:44 AM

Pass the edibles: Proposed amendments to Cannabis Act cannabis_candy_sm

The federal government recently took a step forward to provide Canadians with additional means to indulge their cannabis craving. On Dec. 22, 2018, the proposed amendments to the Federal Cannabis Act (the Act) and the Cannabis Regulations (the Regulations) were released, paving the way for the legal sale of edibles, extracts and topicals containing cannabis. It is anticipated that these proposed amendments to the Act and Regulations will permit the sale of such products by Oct. 17, 2019; however, the legislation can provide for the legal sale of such products earlier if so declared by royal order. ... [read more]