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Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

What U.K. employers should know about Canadian termination, dismissal law Britcanadaflag_sm.jpg

Canadian employment law shares many similarities with U.K. employment law by virtue of Canada having inherited its common law system from the U.K. Nevertheless, it is important for U.K. employers seeking to expand operations into Canada to understand how Canadian employment legislation operates within a federalist state. Part three of this four-part series looks at a key aspect of Canadian employment law that is distinct from U.K. employment law. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 1:25 PM

Four new associates join Stewart McKelvey team

Stewart McKelvey announced that having passed their respective province’s bar, associates Kara Harrington and Matthew Jacobs have joined the firm’s team in St. John’s, N.L., while associates Jennifer Thompson and Brendan Sheridan have joined the firm’s Halifax group. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

B.C. city fighting reinstatement of fire captain terminated for having sex at work

A B.C. city is vowing to fight a decision that upheld the reinstatement of a fire official who lost his job after engaging in sexual activity with a colleague in the workplace, with a lawyer saying the case may find itself before the provincial Court of Appeal in order for it to answer the question of whether such behaviour is grounds for dismissal. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Legal cannabis one year in: Minimal impact, but employers will face new issues potsmoking.jpg

A year ago Canada embarked on an ambitious experiment that had only been attempted in a few countries around the world: we officially legalized the sale and possession of limited amounts of cannabis for personal use. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 8:25 AM

Deal or no deal: Brexit, CETA and labour mobility to Canada brexit_zipper_sm

In today’s global economy, what happens across the Atlantic has an economic impact in Canada. The “British Exit” from the European Union (EU) was narrowly decided in a referendum where 52 per cent of the U.K. voters decided to leave the EU. The date of this withdrawal is currently set for Oct. 31, 2019. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 5:54 PM

The 2019 federal election roundup Federal Election 2019

With Canadians gearing up for the final day of voting on Monday, we’ve put together a collection of insights we’ve published over the past month or so offering some informed perspectives on the important issues of the federal election. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

Cannabis one year in: Are your employees too high to work? Potondesk

In October 2018, the recreational use of cannabis became legal across Canada when the federal Cannabis Act came into force. The Ontario Cannabis Act also came into force on that date and the Smoke Free Ontario Act was postponed by the new provincial government. Fast forward one year, to the day, edibles (i.e. cannabis infused products, like food and beverages) are now legal. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

Two appeal decisions spotlight plight of self-represented litigants self_represented_sm

Lawyers are all too familiar with the increasing trend of parties representing themselves in court and the problems that this situation presents to their clients, to the self-represented litigants (SRLs) themselves and to the court. Two recent Court of Appeal decisions highlight some of the problems that self-represented litigants face in the court system and how the courts can assist a SRL — without prejudicing the represented litigant — in obtaining not only their day in court but a fair hearing. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Defending human rights starts at home Election

Canada is widely recognized as an international leader in advancing human rights, but we are not without our own shortcomings. In recent months, United Nations special rapporteurs have expressed concerns about human rights issues within Canada. If we are to continue to speak with authenticity on the international stage, addressing these domestic issues ought to be at the forefront of our public dialogue. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 1:58 PM

Overtime, stat holidays, other employment regs across Canada B&Wworkers3.jpg

This article is the third in a series in which we provide a general understanding of the laws and regulations that impact employment and labour in Canada. While every effort has been made to cover developments up to the date of publication, the current status of any legislation should be verified by counsel. ... [read more]