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Going to Court – Part III

Going to Court – Part III

Over the past few weeks, I posted my first and second articles on the situation that lead to the first court hearing. This week, I will share more about the court process and how we managed it. First hearing On August 13th, I appeared before […]

Going to court – Part II

Going to court – Part II

In last week’s article, I provided an account of the background information leading us to court. This week, I want to get behind the story and provide you with a glimpse of what our lives were like when all of this was happening. As discussed […]

Can I incorporate a company without a lawyer?

Can I incorporate a company without a lawyer?

The short answer is yes. You can incorporate without using the assistance of a lawyer. In Manitoba, you can simply go to the Company’s Office located at 405 Broadway. You pay the applicable fee, $50 for a name search and reservation if you want a […]

Every business, including small ones, can end up at trial

Every business, including small ones, can end up at trial

Everyone knows that lawsuits are expensive. I’ve written about the costs of lawsuits here. When I meet clients, we often discuss in general terms the costs related to lawsuits and the importance of planning properly to avoid them. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, […]

Employee entitled to 6 months wages after only 6 months of employment!

Employee entitled to 6 months wages after only 6 months of employment!

Wages in lieu of notice continues to be one of the most misunderstood areas of business law. Just last week, a business sale failed because of this issue. I wrote an article on the importance of signing contracts with employees before. In essence, unless otherwise […]

CRA adds weapon to arsenal against tax evasion

CRA adds weapon to arsenal against tax evasion

In a previous article, I wrote about the dangers of commingling business and personal assets. Commingling business and personal assets is simply a nice way of saying, “tax evasion”. In my previous article, I highlighted the Alberta court’s conclusions that the owners of Alberta Hot […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]