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Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Good faith: Legal conditions of a retail sale sale_percentages_sm

Everyone loves a good sale. However, the Competition Act lists the conditions under which a retailer may offer a sale price to consumers. In short, fake sales — that is, sales events in which the discounted or sale price is not actually a discount because the item was never actually sold at the called ordinary price for a substantial period of time — are not permissible. This is provided for in ss. 74.01(2) and 74.01(3) of the Act, which are part of the deceptive marketing practices provisions of the Act. These provisions affect all Canadian retailers offering sales, especially retailers engaged in high-low marketing strategies. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 11:32 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

Benefits plans and medical cannabis — to cover or not to cover Cannabis bottle

Since Oct. 17, 2018, the date that the use of recreational cannabis was legalized across Canada, employers have been turning to their legal counsel to update workplace policies addressing safety, impairment and accommodation issues. With cannabis use garnering widespread attention, employers are also grappling with a question that arises with greater frequency: will cannabis use for therapeutic purposes or “medical cannabis” be covered under the employer-provided health and benefit plan? ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 04, 2019 @ 12:14 PM

Clarity, education key in protecting lawyer-client privilege, panel says Judy Naiberg

In-house counsel should educate business partners on what lawyer-client privilege means in order to help protect said privilege, speakers at the 2019 Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) National Conference explained, while outlining best practices for e-mails, meetings, cross-border travel and what to do in a raid. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 04, 2019 @ 8:38 AM

Global payments industry: Frantic M&A activity not slowing down digital_payments_sm

A payments industry that was stagnant and stale for decades has recently entered a transformational and disruptive period of innovation, with seemingly boundless growth ahead. ... [read more]

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

The business of cannabis: Key compliance for boards cannabis_warning_sm

The cannabis sector is emerging with extreme rapidity and sky-high valuations. Cannabis companies are being acquired at extremely early stages of their development, before they have gone through a typical business development cycle, and investors are racing to jump in. This creates a unique compliance environment for both counsel and boards to keep in mind. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 2:51 PM

Langlois adds three lawyers to Montreal office

Langlois lawyers announced the addition of three new lawyers to its Montreal office, Romeo Aguilar Perez, Louis Lafleur and Gabrielle Turcotte-Fraser.       ... [read more]

Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 1:21 PM

Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act amends labour laws again Construction workers

On April 3, 2019, Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018 (Bill 66) received royal assent. Amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) made by Bill 66 have not changed since we first reported on the bill when it passed first reading. Amendments made by Bill 66 to the section of the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA) relating to the construction industry, however, have been slightly modified. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 11:40 AM

Don’t assume you'll be admitted to U.S. as a Business Visitor business_travel_U.S._sm

There are a few nearly universal requirements for someone to be admitted to the U.S. as a visitor. He must have a foreign residence to which he plans to return. He also cannot be paid for his U.S. activities from a U.S. source; this would compel foreign employees of a U.S. company to obtain work permits for simple meetings in the U.S. As described below, however, simply being paid from Canada will not guarantee B-1 status if the traveler wishes to enter for activities that disqualify him. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Lawyers should scrub privileged info before hitting border, states CBA toolkit Cyndee_Todgham_Cherniak_sm

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is urging lawyers who cross the Canada-U.S. border to do it with “clean” electronic devices to keep customs officials from accessing client information. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

High-profile organizations could be in cross-hairs of OPC bulldog_watchdog_sm

As we previously noted, the OPC has increased its call for legislative reform in light of Facebook’s failure to implement the OPC’s recommendations. The OPC also launched a consultation on transborder dataflows after asserting a change of position in respect of transfers for processing in its Report of Findings into Equifax’s privacy practices. However, as we discuss below, as of the filing of this article the ground has shifted again with the announcement of a federal “Digital Charter” and the withdrawal or postponement of the OPC’s consultation. ... [read more]