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May 6, 2022
People, Pets + Parking: Condo Manager Regulation Update
Join Erin Berney and John Gilbert for a complimentary webinar series designed for Property Managers based on the challenges seen most frequently: people, pets and parking. Have a legal question? Want to learn what other issu...
May 2022 - 10 min read
Bill 23: A Major Overhaul for Professional Regulatory Legislation in Alberta
On May 2, 2022, the Alberta Government introduced Bill 23, the Professional Governance Act. Bill 23 represents a major overhaul for professional regulatory legislation in Alberta. The Bill would repeal the governing statutes for 22 professions ...
May 2022 - 3 min read
Don’t Sit Still: Is Your Company Ready to Cope with the Current Pace of Change?
Inflation. Climate change. A lingering pandemic. Risk abounds for business as we reach the mid-point of 2022. Here are 10 issues business leaders should be reviewing as they prepare for the hard-to-predict months ahead. Throughout the COVID-19 pa...
April 28, 2022
Assessing + Preventing Unconscious Bias in Professional Regulation
The concept of unconscious or implicit bias has become prominent in recent years. Professional regulatory organizations are attempting to understand how unconscious bias can impact decisions and what can be done to mitigate the risks of the impact o...
April 2022 - 3 min read
Alberta's New Umbrella Legislation: Streamlining the Regulation of Non-Health Professions
The Government of Alberta recently announced a timeline for its "Streamlining Professional Legislation" project, which will introduce new umbrella legislation for the regulation of 22 non-health professions in Alberta. The Government is ex...
March 23, 2021
Legal + Financial Checkup for Small Businesses
What legal issues should small and mid-sized business owners be aware of? What financial processes should be in place to support the business's health?  Join Field Law's Lyndon Thiessen and KWB Chartered Professional Accountants'...
March 2022 - 10 min read
In Good Faith: Seven Cases Impacting Your Contracts
In 2020 and 2021, two significant Supreme Court of Canada cases, Callow Inc. v. Zollinger and Wastech Services Ltd. v Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District, clarified and confirmed the duty of good faith and honest con...
March 2022 - 3 min read
Coming Out of COVID: What Can Businesses Expect From Their Lenders?
It is no secret that many companies in Alberta are in financial distress due to COVID-19. While lenders have generally cooperated during this period, business owners are now, with good reason, anxiously dreading the "call from the bank."&n...
March 2022 - 5 minute read
Accumulated Risk: The Dangers of Negligent Road Maintenance
What You Need to Know The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench held that the City of Calgary (the “City”) bore some liability for an accident caused by negligent road maintenance. This decision highlights the legal exposure that can...
March 2022 - 4 min read
Ding Dong! Your Doorbell Camera Must Come Down
The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta recently added to the growing case law on the issue of video surveillance in a decision called Lupuliak v Condominium Plan No 8211689, 2022 ABQB 65. Following a break-in of her main floor unit through...
February 24, 2022
2021 - A Year in Review: Labour + Employment (Part 2)
Join members of our Labour + Employment Group for our annual Year in Review webinar, which focuses on legal updates for management and employee groups.Part 2 of this series will cover Privacy, Human Rights and Employment. To view the recor...
February 2022 - 3 min read
Recent Corporate Battle Carries a Legal Lesson for Business
The recent family feud at Rogers Communications made for great drama. But don’t overlook the issue at the heart of the dispute. It’s a reminder that business law—not corporate practices—carry the day in court. The closing ...
February 2022 - 2 min read
Are Commercial Tenants Required to Pay Back Missed Rent During COVID-19?
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on businesses across Canada, and many commercial tenants have faced enormous revenue shortfalls. Some of them are wondering whether COVID and its business destruction are legitimate reasons to not pay rent. Are they? Well...
February 2022  - 3 min read
Which Parties Must Be Sued to Enforce a Builders’ Lien?
Builders’ liens are a common tool for unpaid parties on a construction project to try to secure payment for their work. But simply registering a lien is not enough to perfect a lien claim.In Alberta, a Statement of Claim and Certificate of Lis...
February 2022 - 3 min read
Substantial Damages Awarded for Refusal to Use Proper Pronouns
What You Need to Know A recent British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) decision awarded $30,000 in damages to a restaurant employee due to the actions of a co-worker who repeatedly and deliberately misgendered them by referring to them usi...
February 4, 2022
Environmental Liabilities in a Post-Redwater World
Now that the dust has settled after Redwater, who ultimately pays for the environmental cleanup in insolvency scenarios? On February 4th at the Annual Review of Insolvency Law Virtual Conference, Logan Maddin is on the panel to discuss whe...
February 3, 2022
Financial + Legal Checkup for Medical Practitioners
What legal issues should medical practitioners be aware of when operating a private practice? What financial processes should be in place to support the business's health?  Join Field Law's Britt Tetz and Marc Yu and KWB Chartered Pr...
February 1, 2022
Important Professional Regulatory Cases of 2021
Learn about the most important professional regulatory court cases of 2021. What are the key legal trends? What are the strategic and operational implications for regulators? Presented by James Casey, QC and Katrina Haymond, this popular annual w...
January 2022 - 4 min read
Significant Changes to Union Dues + Union Financial Statements
On July 7, 2020, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020. The intent of Bill 32 was to support economic recovery, restore balance in the workplace, and get Albertans back to work.W...
January 2022 - 4 min read
Discharging a Builders' Lien: Is Cash King?
Posting either a lien bond or cash as security to discharge a builders' lien is standard practice in Alberta. Seemingly, this is because the lien claimant is not prejudiced by the posting of one form of security over the other.  But is...
January 25, 2022
2021 - A Year in Review: Labour + Employment (Part 1)
Join members of our Labour + Employment Group for our annual Year in Review, which focuses on legal updates for management and employee groups.Part 1 of this series covered Labour and Occupational Health + Safety. To view the recording for Part...
January 2022 - 4 min read
Factoring Arrangements and Builders’ Liens: How to Take Them Into Account
Payment disputes on construction projects are extremely common. With margins being low to begin with, contractors often find themselves financially strained and unable to cash flow their business operations to complete projects. One common form of...
January 2022
Meet Our Newest Partners
Field Law welcomes Jill Bishop and Richard Stobbe to its partnership.Field Law is pleased to welcome Jill Bishop and Richard Stobbe as firm partners, starting January 1, 2022.“Both Richard and Jill have demonstrated leadership and commitment t...
December 2021 - 4 min read
Ontario's Working for Workers Act: A “Right to Disconnect” and Prohibition of Non-Compete Agreements
With almost two years of a pandemic behind us, employers have proven nimble at adjusting to the demands of ‘the new normal workplace’ including remote working and flexible working options all while maintaining their organizational cultur...
December 2021
Court of Appeal Adopts the "Plausible Inference" Approach to Discoverability
Is a plaintiff's understanding of the law, and how it might apply to their claim, relevant to an assessment of when a limitation period expires? In Lafferty v Co-operators General Insurance Co, 2021 ABCA 359, the Alberta Court of Appea...
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