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April 1, 2020
Privacy + Data Management Considerations for Employers in a Pandemic
During a pandemic it can be difficult to balance employee privacy rights with the need to collect the information required to make critical decisions. Presented by Katrina Haymond and Kelly Nicholson, this webinar will provide employers with informa...
April 1, 2020
UPDATE: What Does the 75% Wage Subsidy Mean for Employers?
The Government of Canada continues to announce details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “Subsidy”). On April 1, 2020, the following details were provided:
The Subsidy is available to companies (including partnerships and sol...
March 31, 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Professional Regulators
The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting profound challenges world-wide stressing the capacity of societal institutions, businesses, and organizations. We know that our professional regulatory clients are facing extraordinarily difficult and unique chall...
March 31, 2020
COVID-19: Force Majeure Clauses in Business Agreements
Learn about force majeure clauses, and why context is important in interpreting how it might apply to your commercial contracts. Presented by Cameron Hughes and Richard Stobbe, this webinar will review the concept of “frustration” of con...
Virtual Workplace: Employers Can Rely on Electronic Employment Records
Recent changes in legislation permit Alberta employers to use electronic signatures and maintain electronic employment records. These legislative changes are particularly helpful as employers navigate increasingly common work-from-home arrangements ...
March 27, 2020
What Does the 75% Wage Subsidy Mean for Employers?
On March 27, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that it would be increasing a previously announced wage subsidy for small and medium businesses from 10% to 75%. The stated goal is to help employers keep employees on the payroll. The ...
Patent Issues under Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Act
The Federal Government’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Act contains certain amendments to the Patent Act that permit the Federal Government authorize anyone to “make, construct, use and sell a patented invention to the extent necessar...
March 25, 2020
Additional Financial Support for Alberta Employers
On March 23, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced new measures for private sector employers to help them cope with the financial effects of the COVID-19 crisis. They include:
an Education property tax freeze
an Education property tax defe...
March 25, 2020
Your Guide to the Federal COVID-19 Aid Legislation
Bill C-13 today received royal assent, bringing into force many of the initiatives first announced by the federal government on March 18, 2020 in response to the challenges employees and employers are facing due to COVID-19. Part of Bill C-13 b...
Landlords: How do you Spell (Rent) Relief?
Alberta is now in its fifth year of a depressed economy, and the misery has recently been significantly worsened by the double blows of a severe drop in oil prices and a pandemic. Many Alberta businesses and non-profit organizations are suffering, a...
COVID-19 + The Duty to Report
On March 17, 2020, Alberta declared a state of public health emergency “due to pandemic COVID-19 and the significant likelihood of pandemic influenza”.While in the normal course, a patient’s right to privacy is paramount, in the fa...
Key Cross-Border Points for Canadians to Consider at this Time
Things are changing every day in the wake of COVID-19. Unanticipated consequences have begun to cause a fury of questions and unknowns. The below aims to address both the immigration and tax concerns as it relates to those with assets and ties...
March 20, 2020
COVID-19: Employment + Immigration Do’s and Don’ts
Learn what employers and employees can and can’t do during the pandemic, and how travel restrictions will affect Canadians. Presented by Christin Elawny and Miranda Sinclair this webinar will discuss up to date information on the ever-evo...
March 19, 2020
New Federal Support for Employees + Employers
As part of a new $82 billion spending package, the federal government today announced that approximately $27 billion would be directed to support for employers and employees affected by the COVID-19 situation. Parliament could be recalled as early a...
Will the Pandemic Impact Trademarks in Canada? - An Update
With the significant disruptions to civil society, Canadian business owners face a host of immediate concerns. Trademarks and intellectual property are naturally lower on the list, and brand owners should take some comfort that there’s a bit o...
Copyright is Great… But it Has its Limits
Proline Pipe, an Alberta company, created certain design drawings for pipe bending machines. A former employee took those drawings with him when he left the company. A rival company obtained copies of the drawings and manufactured the pipe bending m...
Travelling soon? Here’s your Coronavirus Round-Up
Alberta Court Rules Airbnb Rentals are like Hotels, Makes it easier for Condo Boards to Ban Them
March 5, 2020
Valuations and Related Tax Matters
Canadian Bar Association (Alberta), Taxation Non-Specialists Section
Queen's Counsel Appointments
Field Law congratulates Derek Cranna, J. Mark Jackson, Christine Pratt, and Sharon Stefanyk on their appointment as Queen’s Counsel.Congratulations to Derek Cranna, Mark Jackson, Christine Pratt, and Sharon Stefanyk, who have received the hono...
March 4, 2020
Legal Fundamentals for Manufactured Home Communities
Join Field Law for an informative session on issues that affect modular and manufactured home community associations. Topics covered will include:
Fundamental principles and enforcing lease agreements and community guidelines
The Degenerative Spine in Injury with Dr. Richard Hu
Join Field Law and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Hu MD, FRCSC, for an interactive seminar about:
The Spine 101 - A discussion of anatomy, common nomenclature, occurrence of issues and prognoses
IME Reports - Differing perspectives on the Dege...
Bill 3 - Proposed Amendments to the Mobile Home Sites Tenancies Act
On February 26, 2020, the Government of Alberta tabled Bill 3: Mobile Home Sites Tenancies Amendment Act, 2020. When passed, this Bill will change the current dispute resolution regime for mobile home disputes. Currently, all disputes relating ...
Regulation of Short-Term Rentals Still To Be Decided
Can Border Officers Search Your Phone?
Case Summary: Jadhav v Kielly
Where a driver’s speed is the sole alleged basis of negligence and the driver was travelling at or near the posted speed limit a conclusion that the driver was driving too fast for the conditions, in and of itself, is not sufficient to find dr...
Case Summary: R v Badrudin
An insured’s statement to his fire insurance adjuster as required by the policy’s statutory conditions is inadmissible in criminal proceedings against him because it is a statutorily compelled statement.R. v Badrudin, 2019 NLSC 187, per ...
Case Summary: Malcolm Silver & Co. Ltd, et al. v State Farm Fire and Casualty Company
The Court held that a fraudster’s unauthorized use of the insured’s online banking system to make payments against her own credit card debts did not qualify as forgery or alteration under the terms of the policy in question.Malcolm Silve...
Case Summary: Yenovkian v Gullian
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has recognized the privacy tort of placing the plaintiff in a false light, awarding both compensatory and punitive damages for same. Yenovkian v. Gulian, 2019 ONSC 7279, per Kristjanson, J.
Facts + Issues
Case Summary: Edgeworth v Shapira
A defendant’s insurer accepted a plaintiff’s offer in circumstances where a defence independent medical examination report had not been served on the plaintiff (in breach of the Rules), the plaintiff’s subsequent action against the...