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Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 9:33 AM

A checklist for franchise causes of action: Damages franchise_magnify_sm

The provincial statutes provide for various exemptions to the obligation to provide a disclosure document. (As with the previous article, references to statutory sections are to provisional Franchise Acts in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and P.E.I.; the Alberta statute has somewhat different provisions.) The party claiming the exemption, i.e. the franchisor, has the burden of proving the exemption. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 3:11 PM

Canadian businesses asking questions about force majeure in light of COVID-19 Preet_Bell

Forced to navigate the daunting challenges wreaked by the precipitous outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian businesses are beginning to consider whether to invoke force majeure clauses and the common law doctrine of frustration to assuage the impact of the crisis on their business, according to corporate lawyers. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Condo life in time of COVID-19 masked girl

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, with the number of cases outside China increasing thirteenfold over the past two weeks. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

Employers need plan to protect business, workplaces Haltcorona.jpg

Further to “Employers’ need to know obligations in face of pandemic” released on March 17, it’s time for part two to develop a plan for action. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 1:10 PM

Run but not hide: ‎Collection challenges for securities regulators money_magnet_sm

The ease with which securities misconduct permeates national borders contributes to the collection ‎challenges faced by securities regulators. However, an upcoming decision of the Nevada Supreme Court may signal a significant change for Canadian securities regulators attempting to enforce disgorgement orders against Canadian nationals residing in the United States. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

New B.C. program offers free legal advice, information for victims of workplace sexual harassment Jennifer Khor, Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)

Since the emergence of the #MeToo movement in recent years people all around the world have become more attuned with the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, and a new program in British Columbia has been set up to provide free legal advice, education and information for those in need of support. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Corporate immigration compliance for COVID-19 visa_stamp_sm

These are challenging times for Canadian businesses who are managing through the COVID-19 pandemic. With official government instructions on social distancing, self-isolation and travel restrictions changing on a nearly daily basis, what additional considerations are there for Canadian employers of foreign nationals? How do employers stay compliant with immigration laws while managing the myriad issues that we are currently facing? ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 1:05 PM

No representative plaintiff, no class action representative_group_sm

In the recent decision Azar v. Strada Crush Limited 2020 ONSC 549, Justice Edward Morgan decertified a class action he had previously certified, after infighting between the representative plaintiff and class counsel led to the disqualification of the representative plaintiff and no replacement representative plaintiff could be found. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

Employers’ need to know obligations in face of pandemic Haltcorona_sm.jpg

It’s official: COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. While it is still the view according to public health officials that the risk is still low, it is important for employers to be aware of their legal obligations to their business and their workplaces. ... [read more]