Detecting Impairment in the Workplace

The legalization of cannabis has heightened concern and awareness around impairment in the workplace. Legalization has certainly made cannabis more accessible. However, it is still generally understood that it is inappropriate to report to work impaired unless an employee is part of an agreed accommodation arrangement where some level of impairment is permitted, or the […]

Signing your Name on the Dotted Line is Not Always...

The termination of a long-term employee without cause can result in a significant liability for an employer. Employers can reduce their liability by having a signed employment contract that limits the amount of notice, or pay in lieu, an employee is entitled to in the event of a termination without cause. However, a signed employment […]

Damages Arising From Future Loss of Income Determined on Gross,...

MacDonald v MacVicar, 2018 NSSC 272 provides judicial guidance on s. 113BA(1) of the Insurance Act, RSNS 1989, c 231 (“Act”), holding that future loss of income damages for plaintiffs injured in motor vehicle accidents should be calculated on a gross, rather than net basis. Background In MacDonald v MacVicar, 2018 NSSC 271, the court […]

New Shareholder Information Requirements for CBCA Companies

Corporations incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “CBCA”) are about to face a significant increase in the share ownership information that they are required to collect. Bill C-86, an implementation bill for the 2018 federal budget that includes the Federal government’s amendments to the CBCA, received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018. The […]

Facilitating Local Investment – New Brunswick’s Small Business Investor Tax...

Introduction New Brunswick’s Small Business Investor Tax Credit Act (the “Act”) was created to help New Brunswick businesses attract investors and encourage New Brunswick residents to invest in local businesses. Under the Act, the small business investor tax credit program (the “SBITC Program”) provides eligible investors a non-refundable provincial tax credit when they invest in […]

Future Care Costs for Cannabis in Personal Injury Claims

As a result of the Cannabis Act, cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018. Prior to that, cannabis was regulated under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. There was, however, a legal exemption for the medical use of cannabis. Despite the recent legalization of cannabis, a framework for access to cannabis for medical purposes still exists, but under new regulations passed under the authority of the Cannabis Act.

Disciplining Employees for Off-duty Social Media Use: When is it...

When is it appropriate for an employer to discipline an employee for their activity on social media? This is a question that employers often struggle with, due to the fact that it raises complex and nuanced issues, such as the divide between a person’s private life and their employment responsibilities, and the extent to which […]

Seasonal Worker Did Not Qualify as “Employed” for Purposes of...

In Temple v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada,1 the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador determined that the plaintiff, a seasonal worker, was not employed at the date of the motor vehicle accident. As a result, he did not qualify for loss of income payments under Section B of Newfoundland and Labrador’s standard automobile insurance […]

Proposed Changes to the Automobile Insurance Act and the Insurance...

Proposed changes to the Automobile Insurance Act and the Insurance Companies Act received second reading in the House of Assembly on April 15, 2019. Key changes to the Automobile Insurance Act include: A requirement that an insurer will notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles of a cancellation or expiration of any auto insurance policy. A […]

Nova Scotia Aims to Supercharge Start-up Growth With Revised Equity...

In January 2019, Nova Scotia’s Finance and Treasury Board announced changes to the Province’s Equity Tax Credit program. Additional changes followed in the Nova Scotia 2019 Spring budget.