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Canadian Employment News Series - April 2016

Duty to accommodate may include transferring employee to another workplace A recent decision by the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board serves as a reminder to employers that that it is wise to obtain...more

Arbitrator rules BC employer must reinstate employees on long-term disability after non-culpable terminations

In a British Columbia arbitration, Township of Langley v. CUPE, Local 403, No: A-014/15, the arbitrator was considering a grievance concerning the non-culpable termination of three employees of the Township of Langley who had...more

The cost of ambiguity: termination clause in fixed-term employment contract ruled unenforceable

On April 8, 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Howard v Benson Group[1], in which the court provides important guidance to employers in relation to the use of fixed-term contracts for employees and the...more

Underwriters May Have Expertise But That Does Not Make Them “Experts”

In the LBP Holdings v. Allied Nevada Gold Corp. decision released on April 27, 2016, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to allow the underwriters of a secondary public offering (SPO) to be added as defendants to a...more

Fixed-term Employment Agreements: Draft Them Carefully

Employers often use fixed-term employment agreements to limit their future severance costs owed to employees. Although that may be an effective approach in theory, the Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Howard v....more

Global Energy Game Changers

The global energy sector is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Advanced technologies, distributed networks and new regulations in nearly every subsector have strangled yesterday's business models. Foundational elements...more

Canadian Employment News Series: Duty to accommodate may include transferring employee to another workplace

In a recent decision, Emond v. Treasury Board (Parole Board of Canada), the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board concluded that an employer’s duty to accommodate may include transferring an employee with a...more

Harmonized Reporting for Private Placements (with Increased Disclosure Requirements)

An issuer that distributes securities to the public must either file a prospectus with securities regulatory authorities and deliver such prospectus to prospective purchasers, or rely upon a prospectus exemption available...more

Restarting the Clock: Court of Appeal Affirms Two-Year Limitation Period for Oppression Remedy Cases

In its recent decision in Maurice v. Alles, the Court of Appeal for Ontario held that oppression remedy claims under the Ontario Business Corporations Act (OBCA) must be commenced within the general two-year limitation period...more

“The larger the corporation, the larger the fine”: A corporate defendant’s financial circumstances is a relevant sentencing factor...

A small, family owned and operated custom cabinet business was fined $75,000 plus the Victim Fine Surcharge of $11,250 after pleading guilty to failing to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of a...more

Alberta announces new oil and gas royalty calculations

On January 29, 2016, Alberta’s Royalty Review Panel issued its report (the Report) recommending a new modernized oil and gas royalty framework (the New Framework) which will apply to all new wells spud on or after January 1,...more

U.S. Companies May Risk Liability Under Canadian Anti-Spam Law

U.S. companies may soon risk litigation for failing to comply with the provisions of Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL) in their electronic communications to Canadian consumers. While this anti-spam law has been in force since...more

Amendments to the Integrity Regime – A Step in the Right Direction

On April 4, 2016, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) (formerly known as Public Works and Government Services Canada) made a number of important amendments to the Integrity Regime governing procurement and real...more

The Basics of International Privacy Law for Commercial Litigators, Part 2: Global Trends

Although the volume of data that flows between the EU and the U.S. ensures that EU privacy law occupies most of the spotlight on the world stage, other countries have their own privacy laws worth noting as...more

B.C. Proposes to Significantly Broaden Requirements for Spill Reporting and Response

The British Columbia government is seeking further input on its proposed new regime for spill reporting, preparedness and response through the release of an intentions paper on April 5, 2016 and an open comment period until...more

Ottawa Launches Overhaul of Cultural Policy

The Department of Canadian Heritage has launched a review of the federal government’s cultural policy toolkit that could bring significant changes to the governance framework that underpins the broadcasting, media and...more

Trademark Series: Confusion (Part 2)

By Richard Stobbe So much confusion, so little time. The Trade-marks Act teaches us that the use of one trade-mark causes confusion with another trade-mark if the use of both trade-marks in the same area would likely lead to...more

Electrical contractor fined $537,500 after death of resident from faulty electrical work

An electrical contractor has been hit with a huge fine after its faulty electrical work led to a resident’s death. The contractor had installed an in-floor heating system in the bathroom of a home. The resident, an...more

The Right to Strike: Changes to Alberta Labour Legislation

In light of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v Saskatchewan, 2015 SCC 4 decision, the Alberta government has undertaken a review of the Labour Relations Code (“LRC”) and the Public Service Employees Relations Act...more

Restoring the Balance: Lessons from the Human Rights Appeal of Mihaly v Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of...

We had earlier provided clients with a brief summary of the Mihaly decision on January 27, 2016. This article is a follow-up and includes some of the top lessons for regulators and their legal counsel. When it comes to...more

Steelworkers Reverse Course and Withdraw Request for Import Relief on Aluminum

In an unusual change of course, the United Steelworkers Union (USW) has now withdrawn the Section 201 petition it filed just last week to request temporary relief against imports of primary unwrought aluminum. According to...more

Grant of Summary Judgment to Gas Facility Operator Based On “Pay First, Dispute Later” Clause Upheld

There was no error in granting partial summary judgment on more than $5 million dollars in gas facility invoices, the Alberta Court of Appeal held in SemCAMS ULC v Blaze Energy Ltd, 2016 ABCA 113, despite the gas producer’s...more

Canadian Securities Administrators amend reporting requirements for exempt financings

On April 7, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published final amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions and its Companion Policy. The amendments harmonize the reporting requirements...more

Federal Court of Appeal Clarifies Test for “De Facto Control”

In McGillivray Restaurant Ltd. v. R., the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) recently provided welcome news to the Canadian tax community concerning the appropriate legal test for determining whether a person has “de facto...more

OEB Considering Changes to Commercial and Industrial Customers’ Rate Design

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has published a staff discussion paper, Rate Design for Commercial and Industrial Electricity Customers: Aligning the Interests of Customers and Distributors (Staff Discussion Paper), in which...more

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