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HTMLMinistry of Labour “Rings Up” $240,000 from Retail Inspection Blitz
Daniel Pugen; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014
A Ministry of Labour (“Ministry”) inspection is never a pleasant experience for employers. Ministry inspectors have very broad powers to enter the workplace and inspect company documents to ensure compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) or the Occupational...

 

HTMLDie Another Day: SCC Adjourns Appeal of National Class Actions Decision Sine Die
Katherine A. Booth; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014
Followers of Canadian class actions law will have longer to wait for a decision in the much anticipated appeal from the Manitoba Court of Appeal’s decision in Meeking v. Cash Store Inc. et al., 2013 MBCA 81. The appeal, which was scheduled to be heard on January 12, 2015 and expected to bring...

 

HTMLSCC Maintains Permissive View of Quebec Class Actions and confirms the Consumer Protection Act applies to Bank Conversion Charges
Shaun Emery Finn; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014
In Bank of Montreal v. Marcotte, 2014 SCC 55, the Supreme Court dismissed appeals brought by various banks contesting the applicability of the Quebec Consumer Protection Act (“CPA”) to conversion charges charged by banks of foreign currency transactions. The Court concluded that certain...

 

HTMLAlberta’s New Pension Legislation: Noteworthy Changes
Lorraine Allard; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014
Alberta’s new Employment Pension Plans Act (EPPA) and Employment Pension Plans Regulation (EPPR) came into force on September 1, 2014. This new Alberta legislation, which responds to the 2008 Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards Report, constitutes a substantial revision of pension...

 

HTMLCanada Announces New Economic Sanctions Against Russia
John W. Boscariol; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014
Today, Canada published a number of changes to its sanctions measures against Russia, which include asset freezes and travel bans against certain officials in the Russian Armed Forces and restrictions on dealing with additional Russian arms manufacturers and one financial institution. The measures...

 

HTMLRare Costs Award at BC Human Rights Tribunal for Improper Conduct
Ryley Mennie; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014
Despite an employer’s legitimate basis for terminating an employee’s employment, it will often find itself a respondent to a human rights complaint following termination. The costs for employers to defend a human rights complaint can be very high and, unlike in the courts, the B.C....

 

HTMLFederal Government Announces Amendments to the Pension Benefits Standards Regulations
Lorraine Allard, Mark Firman; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014
On September 19, 2014, the federal Department of Finance announced the third tranche of proposed amendments (Proposals) to the Pension Benefits Standards Regulations (PBSR). The Proposals support amendments to the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 (Canada) (PBSA) that were passed in 2010 but are...

 

HTMLCanada’s Foreign Investment Protection Agreement With China Takes Effect on October 1, 2014
John W. Boscariol; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2014, previously published on September 16, 2014
The Canadian government has announced that the bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between China and Canada has now been ratified and will come into force on October 1, 2014, more than two years after the agreement was concluded and signed by the two countries. The BIT contains substantive...

 

HTML“Objectively Reasonable” and Privacy: Recent Developments
Roland Hung, Kimberly Macnab; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2014, previously published on September 16, 2014
The ubiquitous and rapidly-evolving nature of technology has recently necessitated serious consideration of our “reasonable expectation of privacy.” This concept is at the core of Canadian privacy law. In particular, the concept is a key part of the Charter test for s. 8, the right to...

 

HTMLCETA Will Create a Two-Tiered System for Investment Canada Act Reviews
Oliver J. Borgers, John W. Boscariol, Robert A. Glasgow, Shea T. Small; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014
The text of the Canada and European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is due to be released soon, but it remains to be seen if the Canadian government will clarify which countries, in addition to those in the EU, will benefit from the higher $1.5-billion threshold for...

 


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