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April 19, 2018

The Day After: Canada’s Breach Notification Rules Soon to be in Effect

Local and global data breaches remain headline news. From Facebook’s disclosure of its sharing of millions of users’ profiles (without their consent) to the recent data breach involving the Nova Scotia government’s Internal Services website, awareness is growing about privacy rights, how people share data, and how personal information is protected.

April 16, 2018

Employee Bonuses After Dismissal: When Are They Owed?

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd., 2017 NSSC 16 (with supplemental reasons at 2017 NSSC 123) recently set out the test in Nova Scotia for determining whether an employee dismissed without cause is entitled to damages for lost future bonuses.

April 10, 2018

Breaching Duty of Care: Can Individual Employees Be Personally Liable?

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, Sataur v Starbucks Coffee Canada Inc., 2017 ONCA 1017, addressed the issue of whether individual employees can be personally liable for breaching a duty of care owed to a customer in the course of their em

April 2, 2018

Legislation Protecting Innocent Co-Insureds Is Now a Reality in New Brunswick

Bill 30 - An Act to Amend the Insurance Act (the “Bill”) was introduced to the New Brunswick Legislature by the Honourable Cathy Rogers on December 16, 2017. The amendments were proposed in order to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to innocent co-insureds for property damage caused by an abusive partner and to enhance the protection of assets for victims of intimate partner violence.

March 22, 2018

The Right Person For The Job: Nova Scotia Human Rights Board Finds Duty to Accommodate Prospective Employees

It is by now widely understood among employers across Canada that there is an obligation to accommodate employees with disabilities to the point of undue hardship. What is perhaps less understood, however, are the obligations which arise when a prospective employee requires accommodation in order to succeed in a vacant position.

March 13, 2018

What Happens to Employment When an Employer Sells its Assets?

The issue of continuity of employment relationships upon the sale of the assets of a business was recently considered by the Ontario Court of Appeal in Krishnamoorthy v. Olympus Canada Inc., 2017 ONCA 873.

February 22, 2018

Municipal Conflict of Interest Workshop

The following presentation provides clarification on the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.