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Who is a dependent contractor?

By Heather Hettiarachchi Employers are generally familiar with the distinction between an employee and an independent contractor. However, many may not be aware that there is ... Read more

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Proposed changes to the Voluntary Disclosures Program

By David J. Rotfleisch Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) – current rules The Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP or Canadian Tax Amnesty) is a Canada Revenue ... Read more

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What is a disclaimer?

By Ian Hull Receiving an inheritance under a will is a gift, and there is no obligation, as a beneficiary, to accept it. It is possible for a beneficiary to waive their ... Read more

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Secret recordings of meetings with boss may constitute just cause

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the judge upheld the dismissal of a 42-year-old merchandising manager with 15 years’ service for a series of four separate incidents ... Read more

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Peace of mind guaranteed

By Suzana Popovic-Montag An estate trustee has the legal authority to arrange the place and manner of the burial or cremation of the deceased. The estate trustee also has a ... Read more

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Latest Chapter in Employment Law: contractors, termination

By Stuart Rudner and David Master In this edition of  The Latest Chapter , we discuss the ongoing issue of misclassification of workers, and whether some people working ... Read more

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Can a father force a mother and child to return to Ontario?

By Lisa Gelman In a  decision  in which a father sought a court order forcing the mother of his child to return to Toronto after she moved to New Brunswick in ... Read more

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Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) – big update

By Inga Andriessen On June 7, 2017, the Canadian government wisely delayed the right of private prosecution under CASL. This was set to come into force on July 1, 2017, and ... Read more

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Franchising in Canada: have the wheels fallen off?

By Peter Dillon Introduction Last year was relatively quiet in terms of major (i.e. Court of Appeal) decisions or legislative changes. One interesting, and ... Read more

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CASL – important developments and enforcement updates

By Kathy O'Brien Big news last week about CASL (Canada’s anti-spam legislation) – the right of private action, which was scheduled to come into effect on July 1, ... Read more

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Brain Injury Awareness Month: helmet safety

By John McLeish and Courtney Stewart , summer student Cycling, rollerblading, and skateboarding are all great ways to enjoy Ontario’s beautiful summer weather and are ... Read more

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Child support issues

By Andrew Feldstein This decision , written by Justice Stanley Kershman, deals with numerous child support issues including support for adult children, retroactive claims ... Read more

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Was I just fired? Understanding your employer’s words and actions

By Nicole Simes Normally, an employee knows if he has been fired. The employer sits him down, provides a termination letter and often offers a severance package. However, on ... Read more

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Talking conflict on an FHT board

By Kate Dewhirst Family health teams are interesting creations. What are they? Multi-disciplinary teams providing primary care services to communities across Ontario. A ... Read more

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Changes reflect an early mediation trend

By Mitchell Rose On May 1, 2017, there was a significant change to paragraph 57 of the  Consolidated Practice Direction for Civil Actions, Applications, Motions and ... Read more

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Independent legal advice and how it works

By Timothy N. Sullivan “I had a marriage contract drawn up by my lawyer. My lawyer said my fiancé needs to get independent legal advice before she signs it. ... Read more

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The seven things prospects really want to know before they hire a lawyer

By Jana Schilder “I don’t know you. I don’t know your law firm. I don’t know your law firm’s services. I don’t know what ... Read more

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Communication, conflict concerns for independent health assessors

By Lonny Rosen   & Elyse Sunshine A  recent matter  before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (the Board) exemplifies the importance of open ... Read more

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Contractual obligations and estates

By Ian Hull An estate trustee may be bound to a contract previously entered into by the deceased. This duty is distinct from the duty of an estate trustee to discharge all ... Read more

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Reasons to ask a lawyer to review your severance package

By Doug MacLeod We have reviewed hundreds of severance packages on behalf of employees. Some of these packages are fair and some are really unfair. We can tell you whether we ... Read more

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