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Dangers of commingling business and personal assets

Dangers of commingling business and personal assets

I receive requests from organizations from time to time to present to a group of business owners and/or managers. I typically cover the topics found in this blog, such as the importance of employment contracts, the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL) , or small business taxation. While […]

Privacy: Do you have a right to be “forgotten”?

Privacy: Do you have a right to be “forgotten”?

Someone in Vietnam recently hacked my son’s Facebook page and took over his profile.  For the past month, he has tried to have Facebook intervene and return his access to his own profile.  Unfortunately, he is making very little progress.  Needless to say, he is […]

Cannabis at work: What can employers do?

Cannabis at work: What can employers do?

By now, you are probably tired of hearing and reading about cannabis, or cannabis at work.  I don’t blame you.  I’m tired of it too.  Enough already. Let’s move on to other things… However, despite its presence in the news, the legalization of cannabis will […]

Executor Liability: Hurdles to overcome

Executor Liability: Hurdles to overcome

Our office handles a lot of estates.  In the majority of cases, executors manage the process well. They distribute the funds in the estate within a reasonable timeframe with few if any problems. However, the job is not an easy one…. Executor Before I cover the […]

Elder Financial Abuse

Elder Financial Abuse

Elder Abuse Elder abuse takes many forms. While physical abuse occurs regularly, the criminal code addressees that issue (imperfectly, but addresses nonetheless). Financial abuse, however, is much harder to address. In the case of physical abuse, physical injuries would (in most cases) spark an investigation. […]

Must employers accommodate employees with addictions?

Must employers accommodate employees with addictions?

First, a caveat. I don’t practice in the specific area of labour law. However, I represent many businesses and employment issues are usually the single largest area of potential liability. As a business lawyer, I think its important to understand all of the (legal) factors that can […]

Legal traps in changing real estate markets

Legal traps in changing real estate markets

We sign or enter into contracts regularly.  We all have cell phone contracts, and while many don’t sign one, all employees have an employment contract with their employer.  However, we don’t really experience these contracts in a legal way.  We sign the papers (for the […]

Employer paid $200k to sick employee after termination

Employer paid $200k to sick employee after termination

As previously discussed in the articles on our site, employers have significant obligations to their employees and can be held liable if they do not respect them. However, a review of ongoing cases before the courts demonstrates that employers just don’t seem to get it. […]

Buying a business and employee rights

Buying a business and employee rights

Buying a business can be an exciting and stressful experience.  First new owners must dig deep into their savings and-or remortgage their home.  Then, when they take over the business, they face a steep learning curve.  New owners step into the shoes of the selling […]

Estates and Firearms; Can executors break the law?

Estates and Firearms; Can executors break the law?

According to the 2016 RCMP Commissionner of Firearms Report, at the time, approximately 87 000 Manitobans held firearm licences which works out to about 7.25% of the population. Gun owners must obtain a licence before acquiring a gun.  In order to obtain a licence, a […]