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June 13, 2017

Case Law Update: Evans v Avalon Ford Sales (1996) Limited

Earlier this year, the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal unanimously upheld the decision of the Trial Division in Evans v Avalon Ford Sales (1996) Limited.

June 7, 2017

Who Is A Parent?

There is a lack of legislation in New Brunswick to provide a framework for using artificial reproductive technology to build a family in the 21st century.

May 30, 2017

New Builder’s Lien Amendments & Regulations

Recent amendments to the Builder’s Lien Act and new Builders Lien Regulations, effective June 30, 2017, allow for early release of holdbacks to subcontractors and alter how finishing holdbacks are calculated.

May 19, 2017

Moot Gets the Boot: NSUARB Mootness Decision

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board recently dismissed an appeal as “moot” because its decision would have no practical or legal effect on the parties in Ashcroft Homes Inc. (Re), 2017 NSUARB 4.

May 8, 2017

New Brunswick Employers Now Need to Accommodate Family Status

New Brunswick is about to join the bandwagon by adding “family status” as a protected ground in its Human Rights Act. All other jurisdictions in Canada have already made this move.

April 28, 2017

Random Drug and Alcohol Testing OK For Now at the Toronto Transit Commission

In a recent court case from Ontario, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113 v Toronto Transit Commission, 2017 ONSC 2078, the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113 (the “Union”) applied for an injunction to prevent the Toronto Transit Commission (the “TTC”) from implementing random drug and alcohol testing for its employees.

April 26, 2017

Cannabis Legalization: Weeding Out the Regulations

As the Federal Government recently introduced its legislation to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis, it is clear that legalization is now imminent.

April 13, 2017

Agree to Disagree: No Constructive Dismissal Where Employer Wrongfully Withholds $329,687 from Employee

The Ontario Court of Appeal has offered employers some solace in handling disputes with employees over the proper interpretation of the employment contract.