Parties, Cocktails & Cannabis – the Triple Threat for Host...

This is the first holiday season in the post-legalization of cannabis era. If, as an employer, you are planning a holiday gathering, you should be aware that you may be exposing your company to significant financial liability for the actions of an impaired guest. The concept of host liability is not new, but with the […]

Breaching Duty of Care: Can Individual Employees Be Personally Liable?

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, Sataur v Starbucks Coffee Canada Inc., 2017 ONCA 1017, addressed the issue of whether individual employees can be personally liable for breaching a duty of care owed to a customer in the course of their employment.

Festive Feasts and Merry Martinis: Top 10 Tips to Minimize...

‘Tis the season for holiday parties. Cox & Palmer would like to remind employers about the steps they should take to minimize their liability risks arising from the consumption of alcohol by employees and their guests.

Case Law Highlights the Difficulties of Establishing Liability for Slip...

This newsletter will examine three court decisions that illustrate the challenge of proving liability for slip and fall incidents during Newfoundland and Labrador winters.

Availability of Coverage Under a CGL Policy For Historical Sexual...

Are payments offered through a conciliation process designed to make moral amends covered by commercial general liability (CGL) insurance?

The Duty to Defend Does Not Arise Until Notice of...

When does an insurer’s duty to defend arise? More specifically, does it arise before the insurer is given notice of the claim? That is the fundamental question addressed by this case.

11 Steps to Minimize Holiday Party Liability

It is time to revisit the topic of Host Liability and what an employer can do to ensure the holiday party is the social event of the year and not a litigation nightmare.

Plaintiff Recovery Limited When Contributorily Negligent

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the law that, in Nova Scotia, where a plaintiff has been found to be contributorily negligent, his or her recovery is limited to the liability apportioned to each defendant individually.

Ontario Court of Appeal Determines That Employer Cannot Rely Upon...

The recent decision of Fleming v. Massey raises the very interesting question of whether an injured employee can waive his or her rights under Part X of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA).

Workplace Accident: Manager Sentenced to 3 ½ Years in Jail

On January 11, 2016 an Ontario court imposed the harshest sentence ever for an individual’s role in a workplace accident. A project manager was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for his role in four workplace deaths that occurred on December 24, 2009.