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August 17, 2022
Employment Law Fundamentals
Join Kelly Nicholson and the Alberta Small Brewers Association for a presentation and Q+A session on employment law fundamentals.Topics covered will include: Why employers should have a written employment agreement Most important provisions to...
August 2022 - 2 min read
Constructive Dismissal: Silent Acquiescence = Acceptance
The Alberta Court of Appeal confirmed the test for constructive dismissal and reaffirmed that the onus is on the employee to decide whether they accept the new terms of employment within a reasonable timeframe - in this case, ten business days. ...
August 2022 - 6 min read
Start-Ups and Securities - Understanding Stock Options
Introduction  Stock options are a type of security granted by a corporation (the "Issuer") to a person (the "Optionee"), giving such Optionee the right, but not the obligation, to purchase an underlying security of the ...
August 2022 - 3 min read
The Artificial Intelligence and Data Act… Coming Soon to AI Near You
In June 2022, the Government introduced Bill C-27, an Act to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act, the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act, and the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act. A major component of this prop...
August 2022 - 7 min read
Delay in Professional Discipline Proceedings
The Supreme Court of Canada just released a decision of critical importance to professional regulators addressing when delay in administrative proceedings constitutes an abuse of process justifying a stay of proceedings: Law Society of Saskatch...
August 2022 - 3 min read
Do You Own a Business? You Need a Good Estate Plan
Estate planning isn’t a fun topic, but it’s essential. That’s especially true for business owners, from sole proprietorships to corporations. Be sure your final plans meet your hopes and expectations for your business—for the...
July 2022 - 3 min read
Alberta Court Releases First Decision Regarding Masking Policies + Constructive Dismissal
In Benke v. Loblaw Companies Limited, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench held that the employee was not constructively dismissed when placed on an indefinite unpaid leave for failing to comply with a mandatory mask policy. This decis...
July 2022 - 5 min read
Connected + Protected? Lien Rights on Different Lands
Whether Crown lands in Canada can be liened varies by province, but invariably, work done on some lands is not lienable. In JVD Installations Inc. v. Skookum Creek Power Partnership, the British Columbia Court of Appeal faced the following...
July 2022 - 3 min read
Accessing Venture Capital: Five Practical Tips for Start-Ups
Introduction It is often exciting to embark on a new business venture which aims at providing solutions and products that could potentially "change the world". However, in the course of developing and executing a new business idea, it b...
June 2022 - 5 min read
Employment Contracts: Leave No Room for Interpretation!
What You Need To Know In the case of Rice v Shell Global Solutions Canada Inc, the majority of the Alberta Court of Appeal emphasized the importance of clearly identifying the term of an employment contract and the parties’ obligations an...
June 23, 2022
People, Pets + Parking: How to Avoid + Address Pet Problems
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 issues are plaguing property ...
June 15, 2022
Evidence Documentation in Forensic Investigations
Join Field Law and Collision Analysis Ltd.'s Craig Good and Steve Thannhauser for a complimentary lunch and learn that will provide insurance professionals with a general overview of forensic investigations and guideline...
June 14, 2022
Selling Your Business: Legal + Financial Considerations
Whether you're currently considering selling your business, or you want to ensure your business is in optimal shape and attractive to potential future buyers, as a business owner you should be aware of strategies that will set you up for success...
June 14, 2022
Call the Expert! What Regulators Need to Know About Retaining + Instructing Expert Witnesses
Join the Field Law Professional Regulatory Group and your professional regulatory colleagues for our first lunch time roundtable in a couple of years! This roundtable is designed to help complaints directors and other regulatory professionals better...
June 2022 - 6 min read
Designing and Implementing Policies in a Multigenerational Workplace
Authors: Christin Elawny and Nada Ladhani The modern workplace is becoming more multigenerational and diverse, which is driving change to workplace policies and practices. As organizations review and consider adjusting their workplace policies...
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...
April 2022 - 2 min read
Prematurity: Challenges to the Hearing Tribunal’s Jurisdiction
In Goodwin v Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, 2022 ABQB 177, the Court of Queen's Bench provided a clear statement on prematurity and the timing of judicial reviews from administrative bodies. In this case, the regulated me...
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...
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