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Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

Atlantic pilot program fast track to East Coast immigration businesspeople_racing_sm

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) offers a fast route for employers wishing to hire immigrants and for people wishing to immigrate to Atlantic Canada. The AIPP has recently been extended until December 2021. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Beware the CRA audit Man with calculator

No taxpayer wants to be subjected to the dreaded CRA tax audit, especially when it means educating the auditor. This happens more often than you might realize. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

Compensation, termination differences between U.S. and Canada employment law USCanadaflags

As noted in part one of this three-part series, Differences between Canadian, American employment law, there is no “at-will” employment in Canada. Employers’ legal obligations with respect to termination depend in part on whether the employee is being dismissed with or without cause. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

Board of directors’ climate change checklist: Part two businesswoman_checklist_sm

A few weeks back I hosted an online session where some of the leaders shared their views on transition strategies and how boards need to be able to articulate and act upon climate change risks and opportunities. In my previous article on this topic, I shared two of the five items from a shortened suggested to-do list for the board of directors. Here are the remaining three recommendations. ... [read more]

Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 3:05 PM

Employer or PEO — who is the daddy? Group silhouette with globe

If you’re a Canadian resident working for a U.S. company in Canada, there are a multitude of cross-border implications regarding employment law, payroll reporting, income taxes and Social Security taxes. The evolution of the professional employer organization (PEO) since the 1980s has become a popular solution for U.S. and Canadian employers when employing remote workers. ... [read more]

Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Occupational classifications: Are you an economist or an accountant? two_doors_sm

For better or worse, it was a missed opportunity not to reassess the trade national (TN) occupational classification list under NAFTA’s Appendix 1603.D.1 when the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was negotiated. It has been 25 years since these occupational classifications were finalized, and updates on what each occupational classification entails in the current workforce would have been welcome. ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 1:59 PM

For the PM, ‘sorry’ is the hardest word | Heather MacIvor

On Aug. 14 the federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, released his report (Trudeau II Report) on the Trudeau government’s efforts to interfere with the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin (SNC). Dion concluded that the prime minister violated s. 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act (the Act) when he and his staff pressed former Attorney General (AG) Jody Wilson-Raybould to overrule the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and offer SNC a remediation agreement (Ethics commissioner finds PM improperly sought to influence AG re SNC-Lavalin prosecution). ... [read more]

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 12:05 PM

Differences between Canadian, American employment law handheldflags.jpg

For American companies, expanding operations into Canada often makes good business sense. Our similar professional cultures make doing business together easy, and our economic ties make it almost inevitable. However, employers who take our countries’ similarities for granted put themselves in a precarious position. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 10:52 AM

Legislation increases director flexibility, clarifies legal obligations money_environment_sm

The recently passed Bill C-97 articulates meaningful changes to directors’ duties in Canada. By amending the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA), this legislation broadens the class of stakeholders to whom directors must turn their minds when stewarding a corporation. Bill C-97 codifies past judicial treatment of this issue and adds new contours to directors’ legal obligations. Understanding these developments is of vital importance for boards of directors in discharging their legal duties. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 9:25 AM

Critical privacy update for charities and not-for-profits charity_information_sm

As many charities and not-for-profits (NFPs) across Canada are in control of a great deal of personal information, particularly relating to donors, employees, clients and volunteers, it’s important to be mindful of privacy law developments. The following is a brief overview of select privacy issues that could have implications for charities and NFPs. ... [read more]