Newsflash: Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education Considering...

The Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education is considering expanding the equal pay provisions of the Labour Standards Code (the “Code”), and its ability to enforce compliance with the Code through the imposition of administrative penalties. The Code currently has equal pay provisions that prohibit employers from paying women differently from men for […]

August 16, 2019

So You Want to Start a Brewery or Distillery? Things...

Corporate Structure Consider the best ownership structure for you and your partners. Below are several options for how to set up your business and the advantages and disadvantages associated with each, taking into account factors such as personal liability and income tax implications. Sole Proprietorship One individual is the sole owner of the business. Advantages: […]

Nova Scotia: Can Offshore Aquaculture Be Our Culture?

The potential in Atlantic Canada for economically sustainable aquaculture has been well documented, but getting the industry to flourish remains a challenge and yet an opportunity for the governments in this region.

Post-Employment Obligations for Fiduciary vs Non-Fiduciary Employees

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador recently released a decision regarding an employee’s post-employment obligations in relation to confidentiality and non-competition with respect to their former employer. The full decision, Safety First Contracting (1995) Ltd. v. Murphy, 2019 NLSC 47, can be found at the following link: https://www.canlii.org/en/nl/nlsc/doc/2019/2019nlsc47/2019nlsc47.html?autocompleteStr=safety%20first&autocompletePos=1 Overview Patrick Murphy (“Murphy”) was employed […]

Minimum Wage is Not Just for Hourly Employees

The recent New Brunswick Court of Appeal decision, J. Clark & Son, Limited v. New Brunswick, 2019 NBCA 31 (“J. Clark & Son”) provides guidance on to whom the minimum wage applies and how it should be paid to employees who are paid a commission. The Court of Appeal decision was rendered on April 11, […]

Estate Planning Preparation – Checklist

“Everything to each other, and if we both go, to the kids”. Sound familiar? Estate planning is actually far more complicated than this. When preparing for your estate planning meeting with Cox & Palmer there are a number of things to consider.  The checklist below will serve as a helpful tool. Estate Planning Preparation – […]

July 10, 2019

Risk Management Counsel of Canada’s Guide to Litigation in Canada

Cox & Palmer is a proud member of the Risk Management Counsel of Canada (RMC), a national association of independent law firms offering a comprehensive range of legal services to the insurance industry, risk retention groups and self-insureds. RMC has created an informational Guide to Litigation in Canada, which you will find below. This valuable […]

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, an Option for Immigrating to...

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (“AIPP”) is an excellent option for employers wishing to hire immigrants, and for immigrants wishing to immigrate to Atlantic Canada. The pilot program has now been extended until December 2021.

A Black Power Suit . . . or an Orange...

Being a member of a board of directors can be both challenging and rewarding. The business’s success, in many ways, is a reflection of the board’s strength and leadership abilities. Therefore, agreeing to serve as a board member is not a decision that anyone should take lightly.

A Landlord’s Right of Distress – Subject to the Crown’s...

Right of Distress “Distress”, when used in this context, means the seizure of someone’s property to secure the performance of a duty. A landlord’s right of distress is a useful self-help remedy that allows a landlord to enforce its rights against a delinquent tenant under certain circumstances. When performed properly, it allows the landlord to […]