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Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

Hi-Tech: Time to start auditing outside counsel’s technology skills | Luigi Benetton

Companies audit their third party service providers for many competencies, like security. Why not the competence to do their jobs efficiently? ... [read more]

Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

Watch for the distractions in government’s new tax proposals

You have probably seen that ad on CNN with an apple and a pair of chattering teeth sliding in front of it. The voiceover says one is an apple and the other is a distraction. The ad concludes ‘But it will never change the fact that this is an apple.” The ad, which is a not-too-discreet dig at shenanigans currently taking place in Washington, D.C., may also have some traction on this side of the border, especially where it concerns the federal government’s tax proposals. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 8:58 AM

Firms identify areas most impacted by cannabis legalization in 2018 Eric Foster sm

With cannabis legalization fast approaching, large law firms across Canada are preparing their clients for the sea change arriving in the summer of 2018. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 8:43 AM

Quebec cannabis bill not clear on consumption in the workplace

Quebec’s Bill 157 (An Act to constitute the Société québécoise du cannabis, to enact the Cannabis Regulation Act and to amend various highway safety-related provisions), (the bill), enacts the Cannabis Regulation Act, which provides notably different limitations in regards to the possession and growing of cannabis for personal use. However, the bill fails to provide any clear guidance regarding the consumption of cannabis in the workplace, leaving a path filled with unanswered questions for employers throughout the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 8:17 AM

Tax tips every lawyer should implement now year_end_sm

Ideally, tax planning should be an ongoing process that lawyers, like other entrepreneurs or employees, focus on all year long. Given our busy schedules many lawyers pay attention to tax planning at year end, if at all. So here are some tax planning tips that, for the most part, should be implemented now. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 8:57 AM

‘Clear and unambiguous’ guarantee survives loan changes

A common concern for lawyers and clients when dealing with guarantees is the effect on the enforceability of the guarantee of a change in the underlying loan obligations without the consent, or even the knowledge, of the guarantor. Most guarantees contain provisions confirming that the guarantor continues to be liable under the guarantee even if there are changes to the underlying loan terms. A recent British Columbia case sheds some light on the enforceability of such provisions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 8:42 AM

Ontario’s Employment Standards Act: A practical guide to new changes employment_standards_sm

The very long debate about what changes should be made to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) ended when Bill 148 received royal assent on Nov. 27, 2017. Ontario employers need to review and update their existing employment practices and policies to ensure compliance with Bill 148 changes. ... [read more]

Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 8:57 AM

Tax Views: Year-end tax planning for business | Vern Krishna

Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPCs) that carry on an active business in Canada are taxable at special low rates. In 2017, the first $500,000 of income from such active business income (ABI) is taxable at a combined federal and provincial rate of about 15 per cent. Income above $500,000 is taxable at about 27.5 per cent. Hence, it is important to plan for shareholder and corporate taxation before the year end to maximize rates of return, and minimize the overall tax burden. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

Climate-related financial disclosure proposals receive tidal wave of support Climate change

The One Planet Summit in France on Dec. 12 marked the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement on climate change. It was announced that support has more than doubled in recent months for a new initiative designed to persuade companies around the globe to disclose their exposure to climate-change risks. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

Employer liability for employees who drive while impaired by alcohol, cannabis

For many people, driving an automobile is a daily part of their work routine, either for getting to and returning from work, or for performing the duties of their employment. We do not propose here to examine an employer’s civil or criminal liability in situations where employees go about these activities in a normal way. Rather, we wish to examine a specific situation that unfortunately is fraught with serious risks for all concerned: an employer’s liability where an employee drives an automobile while intoxicated. ... [read more]