NS Legislative Report, Fall Sitting – Update October 16

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General Holdback Chart

Each province has its own holdback requirements, which makes managing construction projects and contracts across provincial borders complex. For easy reference to holdback details across Canada, see the chart below which includes details for the holdback percentage, holdback period, lien registration deadline, and whether there is provision for an early release, for each province and […]

Two Remedies for Unpaid Subcontractors: Trusts and Liens

The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. v. Structal Heavy Steel, 2015 SCC 43, on September 18, 2015 and clarified the interaction between lien claims and statutory trusts upon the filing of a lien bond. The Court found that filing a lien bond to remove a lien from property does not satisfy a contractor’s trust obligations.

Cox & Palmer Regional Construction Group Newsletter Spring 2015

On May 21, 2013 Chris Boyle, an employee of R.D. Longard Services Limited (“Longard”), died on the job after being electrocuted. Longard was charged under the Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act. The charges included not taking every reasonable precaution for the health and safety of Mr. Boyle. By decision dated April 17, 2015, Judge Anne Derrick found Longard guilty. Sentencing is to take place later.

Change in Scope? Prove It!

“I know it’s outside the scope but we’ll work out the details after it’s finished.”

Big Changes to Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Rules...

The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety regime is undergoing a complete overhaul, with potential huge impacts for employers respecting cost of compliance and risk of liability. The changes are part of the five-year Workplace Safety Strategy, a joint initiative between the Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Workers’ Compensation Board. The Strategy was developed in direct response to a recognition that the old system—a piecemeal assortment of rules and regulations—was tough to navigate and produced inconsistency in interpretation and enforcement.

Who Gets the Money: Builders’ Lien Trust Claimants or Bankruptcy...

Both the Mechanics’ Lien Act in New Brunswick and the Builders’ Lien Act in Nova Scotia contain provisions which deem certain money received by owners, builders and contractors to be held in trust for those below them on the construction ladder. The money is to be held in trust for the protection of those to whom money is owed as a result of services or materials supplied to the construction project.

Regional Construction Newsletter Winter 2014 – Construction Safety: A Changing...

Throughout the ages the risk of injury has been a constant reality incidental to construction projects. The dangers inherent at any work site are numerous and despite the best safety regimes, accidents are inevitable.

Regional Construction Newsletter Fall 2013: Litigation-avoiding Behaviour

Issues arise on every construction, so what separates the projects that complete successfully from those mired in litigation? Whether it is early intervention to nip catastrophe in the bud or proactive management before problems arise, there are some easy guidelines to minimize risk. Click here for more.

Regional Construction Newsletter Spring 2013: Choosing the Right Tool for...

Anyone who has ever been involved in a complex, multi-party construction project will know that conflict is virtually inevitable. Whether it is the cost of work performed under an owner-requested change order, the need for revised engineering to correct design deficiencies, or the insolvency of a major player in the midst of construction, disagreements can arise in an almost limitless number of circumstances and involve sums ranging from hundreds to millions of dollars.

Social Media and the Employment Relationship

The perception that employees have no expectation of privacy – that, like a uniform, this is a sacrifice made in exchange for a pay cheque – is increasingly unrealistic. With society’s heightened awareness of privacy laws, it is now accepted that privacy is a right and not a privilege. Accordingly, it is generally accepted that employees are entitled to a reasonable amount of privacy in and outside of the workplace.