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September 30, 2020
Employee Discipline and the Duty to Accommodate - How to Strike an Effective Balance
July 22, 2020
Field Law Community Fund Offering $60,000 in Community Grants
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 22, 2020 - Field Law, a western and northern regional law firm, has opened applications for its Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program), which will distribute $60,000 in grant funding between Northern Alberta, South...
August 2020 - 4 min read
Workplace Investigations: Fairness is Key
Employers have an obligation to investigate allegations of employee misconduct. While employers are often aware of their obligations to take allegations of employee misconduct seriously, it is equally important that workplace investigations are fair...
August 2020 - 3 min read
Case Study: Fuller v. Aphria Inc.
The Ontario Court of Appeal reiterated its disapproval of distributive cost orders but upheld a trial judge’s decision to disallow the successful plaintiff the costs of an expert where the expert’s evidence is of marginal value to ...
August 2020 - 5 min read
Case Study: Burns v. RBC Life Insurance Company
The Ontario Court of Appeal ducked the issue of whether or not an insurer’s employee can be sued in his/her personal capacity for bad faith.
Burns v. RBC Life Insurance Company, 2020 ONCA 347; varying 2019 ONSC 6977
Facts and Issues
August 2020 - 3 min read
Stress-Testing Your Asset and Corporate Structure
A tumultuous new reality has spread across the international economy. While some will weather troubled times well, or even profit from them, others will experience a more negative impact. Competent financial planners will consider different scenario...
July 30, 2020
Regulatory Reform Comes to Alberta
Join Field Law’s professional regulatory lawyers and your colleagues from other health regulators for a free webinar on July 30 from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.
Alberta Health’s discussion paper “Proposals to Amend the Health Professi...
July 2020 - 4 min read
COVID-19 and the Impact on the Cannabis Industry
Cannabis retail outlets, producers, manufacturers, distributors and warehouses were deemed to be essential services by the Alberta Government on March 30, 2020. As a result, cannabis businesses and services can and have continued to serve Albertans ...
July 23, 2020
Coffee + Counsel: Mitigating Risk as Employees Return to Work
Field Law presents a new series that brings together you and a few of our lawyers for an unscripted chat about legal issues. Your questions guide the discussion, and we provide our legal perspectives.
As businesses open up again, and employees re...
July 2020 - 1 min read
Update: Proposed Changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
UPDATE: Bill C-20 passed Royal Assent on July 27, 2020. As a result, the changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program, described in detail below, came into force on July 27, 2020.
On July 17, 2020, the Canadian government proposed changes...
July 2020 - 5 min read
Highlights of Bill 32: Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act
UPDATE: Bill 32 passed Royal Assent on July 29, 2020. As a result, the changes to the Employment Standards Code and the Labour Relations Code, described in detail below, will begin to come into force. The now passed legislative amendments ...
July 2020 - 1 min read
Reduced Corporate Tax Rate in Alberta
The Alberta government recently accelerated its plans to cut the general corporate tax rate from 10% to 8%, bringing the combined general corporate rate down to 23%. The rate reduction came into effect on July 1, 2020. Rates for Canadian-contro...
July 2020 - 38 mins
Is Your Condo Safe + Secure?
July 8, 2020
WFH: Policies + Considerations Beyond the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many employers and their employees to abruptly adopt work-from-home arrangements. Although the relaunch of the Alberta economy is underway, employers and employees have become accustomed to remote work and “Zoom&rd...
July 2020 - 1 min read
Bill 30: Increased Public Participation in Professional Regulation
On Monday, July 6, 2020, the Government of Alberta tabled Bill 30, the Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020. This proposed legislation amends a number of existing Acts, including the Alberta Health Professions Act. The Health Professions Ac...
July 7, 2020
Privacy for Health Care Organizations: What Has Changed and What Hasn’t?
Health care organizations have had to adapt quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to managing an unknown disease and focusing on patient care, day to day operational life has changed- videoconferencing, fit for work screening, and l...
2020 Field Law Community Fund Program - Now Open
Over the last seven years the Field Law Community Fund Program has awarded funds to support 96 organizations and charitable initiatives throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories. With $550,000 donated in support of these local charities to da...
June 2020 - 2 min read
Bill 24: A Further Extension of the Temporary Layoff Period to 180 Days
As we reported in April, the Government of Alberta previously announced an extension of the temporary layoff period in Alberta’s Employment Standards Code (the “Code”) from 60 days to 120 days.Recently, the Government of Alberta in...
June 2020 - 6 min read
Major Win for York on Copyright: York University v. Access Copyright Case Review
Update: In June 2020, as expected, both The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency ("Access Copyright") and York University have filed applications for leave to appeal the FCA decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Original Post: April 2...
June 25, 2020
How Amendments to the MHSTA Impact Landlords of Manufactured Home Communities
Enforcing rental arrears and other tenant breaches under a Lease are an important aspect of a Landlord’s business and recently proclaimed amendments to the Mobile Home Sites Tenancies Act are going to have a direct impact on how Landlord&rsquo...
May 2020 - 1 min read
Remote Witnessing of Wills, Enduring Power of Attorneys, and Personal Directives Arrives in Alberta
Alberta’s Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General has announced a process for remote witnessing and signing of wills, enduring power of attorneys, and personal directives during this time of public emergency. Temporary amendments have b...
May 2020 - 4 min read
The ABTraceTogether App - Key Privacy Considerations
In a bid to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Alberta has become the first Canadian province to launch a contact tracing app to track community transmission of COVID-19.Alberta released the app, ABTraceTogether, on May 1, 2...
May 2020 - 2 min read
Employees are Afraid to Return to Work. Now What?
On May 13, 2020 we hosted a webinar about pandemic-related work refusals as Alberta and other governments enable businesses and other organizations to reopen and call employees back to work. The most frequently asked question was: What do I do with ...
May 2020 - 5 min read
Returning to Campus During a Pandemic: Privacy Issues
This week, as this article went to press, several major Canadian and American universities announced plans to maintain classes online when the fall semester starts in September. Other universities and colleges are making plans to bring students...
Cybersecurity in the Age of COVID-19 (And Beyond)