November 19, 2019

Kids on the Move: What the Changes in the Divorce...

You have landed your dream job, but it is on the other side of the country. Your company is restructuring and your new office is in the next town. Your ailing parent requires your care – in another province. Your former spouse is in the military and is being relocated. There are many reasons why […]

November 19, 2019

Cox & Palmer Remembers Thomas J. O’Reilly, QC (1941-2019)

It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our dear friend, brilliant colleague, and founding partner, Thomas J. O’Reilly, QC. Tom passed away on Saturday, November 16, following a brief, yet brave, medical battle. He was surrounded by his loving family. Tom’s contributions to the firm, profession, and community were invaluable. In […]

November 14, 2019

A Primer to the Amendments to the Divorce Act

BACKGROUND The last major overhaul of the Divorce Act, which governs issues of custody and support for married persons, was in 1985. In May 2018, the government introduced Bill C-78, which proposed significant changes to the Divorce Act. The bill received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019, and the majority of the amendments to the […]

Nova Scotia OKs Electronic Record Keeping, Corporate Practices

We are living in a time where there is great potential to improve business practices through the effective implementation of technology. Upcoming amendments to the Companies Act[1], Co-operative Associations Act[2] and Corporations Registrations Act[3] will permit the electronic storage of books and records for both companies and cooperatives. A number of other key updates include, […]

Bill C-69 – A Slightly Unfinished Work in the Newfoundland...

Background Bill C-69 was passed by the Parliament of Canada in June 2019.[1] It was omnibus legislation, a package of both new legislation and amendments to existing legislation. One of the objectives of Bill C-69 was a complete overhaul of the environmental assessment of large resource projects in Canada. It was, and continues to be, a […]

Breaking Glass Ceilings – Federal Pay Equity Legislation Seeks Equal...

On September 10, 2019, the federal government announced the appointment of the first ever federal Pay Equity Commissioner. The Pay Equity Commissioner’s role is to provide leadership and direction for the administration and enforcement of the new federal Pay Equity Act (the “Act”). The Act establishes a new pay equity regime which is aimed at reducing gender based pay discrimination by ensuring all federally regulated employers take proactive steps to ensure they are providing equal pay for equal value.

Atlantic pilot program fast track to East Coast immigration

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) offers a fast route for employers wishing to hire immigrants and for people wishing to immigrate to Atlantic Canada. The AIPP has recently been extended until December 2021. The AIPP is an employer-driven program that allows Atlantic Canadian employers looking to fill labour gaps with applicants who meet their […]

October 9, 2019

Nova Scotia Restructuring Offers New Model for Consolidation

This article was first published in Municipal World, Canada’s municipal magazine. NS Restructuring Offers New Model for Consolidation Nova Scotia’s first municipal consolidation in over 20 years is gaining attention as, potentially, a new model for consolidating two already stable and viable municipalities that are convinced they can achieve even more by coming together. The […]

Introduction of Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, or Sexual Violence...

On November 1, 2019, employees on Prince Edward Island will be entitled to up to three (3) days leave with pay and an additional seven (7) days leave without pay if an employee, their minor child or a person for whom an employee is a primary caregiver of is a victim of domestic violence, intimate […]

Don’t Be a Materiality Scrape Goat

Contemplating selling your business? Considering entering into a purchase agreement? Materiality scrape provisions are something you should be keeping an eye out for. In many purchase agreements, vendors will make representations about what they are selling. These include a wide range of assurances— such as that it has good title to the assets/shares being sold, […]