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Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

MLI tax treaty: What it means for taxpayers tax_break_sm

In the first article in this series, I outlined Canada’s evolving stance toward the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI) — particularly its abandoning certain reservations surrounding certain key provisions in the convention. Below, we take a deeper dive into those provisions and their implications for taxpayers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

The TWU decision: Five big questions | Jonathan Martin and Kristopher Kinsinger

On June 15, 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada released its highly anticipated rulings in the matters of Law Society of British Columbia v Trinity Western University, 2018 SCC 32 and Trinity Western University v Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 33 [collectively TWU 2018]. The decisions immediately attracted a wide range of responses from across the legal community. This article identifies and briefly discusses five key questions raised by this important decision. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Regulator can determine dispute process, no procedural unfairness found, court rules Neil Abramson sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of a discipline committee in a complaint against a pharmacist as it determined there was no prejudice in the dispute process. Counsel involved in the case said this ruling will have implications for regulators across Canada. In Abdul v. Ontario College of Pharmacists 2018 ONCA 699, the court heard, that in 2012 the appellant, the Ontario College of Pharmacists, was informed that the respondent, Salam Abdul’s pharmacy, was taking back unused medications and redispensing them to other patients. ... [read more]

Friday, August 31, 2018 @ 9:09 AM

Section 39 rights to information under the new Construction Act construction_information_sm

The first phase of amendments to Ontario’s Construction Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.C. 30 (the Act) came into force on July 1, 2018. The amendments included some limited additional rights to information, pursuant to a request delivered under s. 39 of the Act to an owner, contractor, subcontractor or mortgagee. One of the main additions is the right to particulars concerning the states of accounts between players involved in construction projects. It is to be noted that landlords are now subject to requests for information, arising out of their new liabilities under the Act. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

Harsher penalties to stop workplace discrimination, boost accommodation | Stuart Rudner

The message seems clear: in 2018, people should not be prevented from working due to barriers that have no relation to their ability to do their job. And yet our courts and tribunals continue to award nominal compensation when organizations discriminate against candidates or employees in contravention of human rights legislation. ... [read more]

Monday, August 27, 2018 @ 12:35 PM

Specialist vs. generalist: Profiling the modern lawyer multitaskingwoman_sm.jpg

Are you better off advancing your career as a specialist or as a generalist? Studies on this topic have traditionally produced mixed reviews. ... [read more]

Monday, August 27, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

The influence of U.S. sexual harassment class actions in Canada womanatpodium_sm.jpg

Sexual harassment and discrimination class actions have never been more in the spotlight than they are today, and employers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are examining their policies and practices. While class actions arising out of sexual harassment allegations are less common in Canada, we are seeing trends amid the current deluge of U.S. sexual harassment and discrimination class actions which are making their way to Canada — or have already arrived. ... [read more]

Monday, August 27, 2018 @ 8:57 AM

Canada closer to adopting massive base erosion tax convention canada_taxtreaty_sm

Canada is now one step closer to implementing the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI) into Canadian law. On June 20, Bill C‑82, which will bring the MLI into force, passed the first reading in the House of Commons. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 23, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

Tech and taxes: From robots to the universal basic income robot_tax_sm

In July of this year a report came out identifying a looming erosion in Ontario’s tax base at a time when revenues will be required for the province’s aging population. The report was produced by the Mowat Centre, an independent public-policy think tank at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. It was called “Robots, Revenues and Responses: Ontario and the Future of Work.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

Connecting workplace abuse and immigration compliance workplace_compliance_sm

Anti-bullying campaigns and movements such as #MeToo and #Time’sUp have brought issues of harassment, bullying and assault to the forefront of public conversation. If they are not already doing so, it is crucial that employers ensure that they are taking all steps to ensure a workplace free from abuse to avoid the liabilities that can result from such claims. However, there is one aspect of workplace abuse prevention that Canadian employers frequently overlook – the impact of claims of abuse on immigration compliance. ... [read more]