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Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 2:05 PM

How to limit recruitment costs post-COVID-19 threemenpushingballs

In part one of this series, I discussed the potential actions your firm may have needed to take to respond to this crisis to ensure the survival of your firm and its legacy. In that same vein, in this column, I will highlight some strategies that you may have taken or should have taken to ensure you keep your people. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 2:02 PM

The reopening: Rundown on franchise system changes system_changes_sm

As businesses start to reopen more fulsome operations, retail franchises may need to implement changes to their premises and sometimes to their systems and even business models. Changes may range from the simple addition of safety fixtures on the premises, to adding new product lines or delivery methods. Franchisees, in turn, may be required to make these changes to their operations, often at a significant cost. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 12:54 PM

Interpreting Ontario’s new employment regulation: O. Reg. 228/20 Tugowar.jpg

On May 29, 2020, the Ontario government somewhat unexpectedly issued O. Reg. 228/20 which limits the liability of employers relative to layoffs and/or constructive dismissal claims that occur during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 10:54 AM

Human versus machine: AI can’t be recognized as inventor, U.S. patent office rules Artificial intelligence

The following article explores the intellectual property debate on artificial intelligence technology. Businesses are not only increasingly integrating artificial intelligence (AI) to maintain their competitive edge, debates concern global technology firms seeking to monetize colossal AI investments. With applications extending from high-end data science and health care to automated customer service, AI is making waves across enterprises. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 7:56 AM

Criminal and immigration laws don’t just intersect, they can collide handcuffs_fingerprints_sm

A criminal record is always a serious matter but for non-citizens of Canada, it has potentially devastating and far-reaching consequences, beyond the term of punishment. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Attention students: Let an open mind be your vocational adviser directionscartoon

The most widely circulated career advice for law students comes down to this: demonstrate an area of interest. It is the advice we get when choosing extracurriculars in our first year. We hear it when we express our concerns to upper year students. It is the response we receive when we lament a dissatisfactory grade to the career office. Demonstrate an area of interest. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 2:41 PM

Tax planning strategies in a market downturn: Loss Two people with calculator

In our last two articles, we discussed tax and estate planning and asset-protection strategies for taking advantage of lower business and asset valuations brought about by COVID-19 and reducing creditor and liability risk, respectively. This week, we will overview certain strategies that can minimize the immediate or eventual tax consequences of this downturn for businesses. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 1:55 PM

Why commercial realities matter in contractual rectification contract_gears_sm

In 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed in Canada (AG) v. Fairmont Hotels 2016 SCC 56, that contractual rectification is available to correct written contracts which inaccurately record the parties’ bargain. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

Judicial review not remedy to correct margin of dumping in Canada Shipping containers at harbour

Angang Steel Company Limited and Angang International Trade Corporation brought an application for judicial review before the Federal Court of Appeal under paragraph 96.1(1)(b) of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA). Angang challenged the final determination of dumping made by the president of the Canada Border Services Agency with respect to the importation of corrosion-resistant steel sheet, arguing that the margin of dumping was too high. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 10:51 AM

Legalities surrounding impact and benefit agreements Arctic Beauty.jpg

Impact and benefit agreements (IBA) are a mechanism that enables a proponent who wants to develop resources on traditional Indigenous lands and territories to seek the support of the Indigenous party for that development. IBAs do not replace the Crown’s duty to consult, but the Crown typically delegates procedural aspects of consultation to third parties, including proponents. ... [read more]