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Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

Alberta proposing changes to youth employment rules

After making a number of significant changes over the last year to its labour and employment laws, Alberta is now looking to change provincial rules surrounding young workers. The provincial government announced June 8 it was seeking feedback on a number of proposed new regulations on youth employment. Labour Minister Christina Grey said the government’s priority “has always been to make sure young workers don’t get hurt while on the job.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

Corporate ownership transparency: Canada vs. the Caymans corporate_transparancy_sm

Do Canadians want corporate secrecy or transparency? Do Canadians want shell companies and numbered companies? “I’m an open book” versus “none of your business.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Former Justices Cromwell and O’Connor discuss civility and the art of advocacy Dennis O'Connor and Thomas Cromwell sm

The recent decision in Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada 2018 SCC 27 hung in the air as former justices Thomas Cromwell and Dennis O’Connor discussed civility, professionalism and the future of the litigation bar at a fireside chat hosted by the Toronto Lawyers Association on June 6. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

With latest Chevron decision, issues of piercing corporate veil remain unlock_secrets_sm

The long and twisting saga of Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation took another turn recently with the latest decision in this matter from the Ontario Court of Appeal (Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation 2018 ONCA 472). ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

NEXUS surprise: Renewals could trigger need for U.S. work authorization nexus_border_sm

The NEXUS program is a wonderful opportunity for Canadians travelling to the U.S. to avoid the long lines and overall anxiety of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspections at land borders and pre-flight inspections at airports. However, more and more NEXUS renewal applicants are being told they need to apply for U.S. work authorization before being approved for a new NEXUS card. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 10:34 AM

How to help your employees do their democratic duty electionbox_sm.jpg

Voting is a fundamental right and Thursday June 7’s provincial election promises to be a transformative event for Ontario. Many employers have been fielding questions along the lines of “do I get Thursday afternoon off?” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 9:05 AM

Forward into the past: backdating legal agreements backdated_document_sm

On several occasions in my practice, I have been called upon to backdate a document. Such requests may not be as innocent as they seem. ... [read more]

Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 8:31 AM

Following the money: Decision illustrates CRA’s determination follow_money_sm

Taxpayers should comply with all appropriate audit requests by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Its auditors have extensive powers under the Income Tax Act. Generally speaking, unless information or documents are protected by privilege or beyond the scope of the audit request, everything an auditor requests must be provided. Otherwise, the CRA will relentlessly deploy progressively forceful tools, including requirements and compliance orders, culminating in fines and imprisonment for deliberate and wilful contempt. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 12:57 PM

Rise in workplace harassment awareness akin to #MeToo, says lawyer Heather_Jensen_sm

A rise in overall awareness, an employers’ duty to accommodate and dealing with “difficult” people and unfounded claims are set to be discussed in an upcoming audio conference on workplace bullying. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Privilege claims in international arbitration international_arbitration_sm

In Ontario, as in all other provinces, the legislation regulating international commercial arbitrations is silent on privilege claims. Unlike the domestic Arbitration Act, 1991, where privileged matters are inadmissible, privilege claims under the International Commercial Arbitration Act of Ontario may be subject to foreign laws, which may not recognize the same privileges as in Ontario. ... [read more]