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January 10, 2017

Navigating Employment Law Tricky For Startups

So, you want to launch a business in Nova Scotia? Well, whether you want to disrupt the tech sector, break the Internet or brew some sour beer, you are going to need to understand what it means to be an employer subjected to a litany of employment laws.

January 5, 2017

“So You Think You Can Dance?” Footwork for Elected Municipal Officials

Being a municipal councillor is a tough but rewarding calling. New to elected office and not sure where to start? Or, think you’ve seen it all and looking for some new moves?

December 21, 2016

When the Courts “Exclude” an Exclusionary Clause, Insurers Have a Duty to Defend

The present litigation resulted from two actions launched by Armel Drapeau (Drapeau) following an investigation carried out by the Financial and Consumer Services Commission (Commission) into Drapeau’s business of trading securities.

December 9, 2016

Union Decertification: Employers, Step Aside

Canadian labour legislation, such as the New Brunswick Industrial Relations Act, is designed to provide employees with the opportunity to establish, and protect, bargaining rights.

December 5, 2016

The CAO and Council – Leading Down, Out and Up

The most effective CAOs know how to lead ‘down, out, and up.’ That’s the view of Brock University’s David Siegel.

December 2, 2016

PEI Court Addresses Common Law Vehicle Ownership and Piercing the Corporate Veil

It is relatively commonplace for corporations to allow their corporate officers to also use the company vehicle for personal use. In MacInnis v Rayner & Raylink, 2016 PESC 40, the PEI Supreme Court addressed the circumstances in which a court might pierce the corporate veil to find that the individual corporate officer is the true owner of the vehicle.

December 1, 2016

The Beginning of the End of a Different Legal Test for Family Status Discrimination?

Misetich v Value Village Stores Inc., 2016 HRTO 1229 (“Misetich”), a recent decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) that considered an employee’s eldercare responsibilities, casts doubt on the correct legal test to be applied in cases of family status discrimination.

November 28, 2016

11 Steps to Minimize Holiday Party Liability

It is time to revisit the topic of Host Liability and what an employer can do to ensure the holiday party is the social event of the year and not a litigation nightmare.