Crowdfunding to come to Ontario Companies

Currently, you can buy some special consideration to get your favourite movie made (Veronica Mars), but in Canada you can’t invest in the equity of the production company which is going to make the movie.  You can make an early purchase of an innovative computer in order to ensure it get’s made (Kano), but you can’t purchase equity in the company which is going to fabricate the computers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Non-Competition Clauses: Are They Enforceable?

The short answer: maybe.  Whether a non-competition clause in a contract is enforceable rests not only on the actual language of the clause, but also the context of the relationship.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law: CASL

CANADA’S NEW ANTI-SPAM LEGISLATION: IS YOUR ORGANIZATION READY?

July 1, 2014 marks the implementation of Canada’s new Anti-Spam legislation, known as “CASL”.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Mental Health: Accommodation In The Workplace

The impact of mental health on the workplace has become a hot topic of conversation in Canada.  Workplaces are seeking to respond to mental health concerns and create supportive and productive environments. Read the rest of this entry »

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Employee Compensation: Stock Option Plans and Beyond

Any size or type of organization may have reasons for considering a compensation plan which goes beyond salary or hourly wages to reward or incent their workers. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Kick Me” signs: Workplace Harassment

A May, 2013 news story of a lawsuit out of New Mexico, United States, points a spotlight on the need for workplaces to have comprehensive and enforced Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies, as well as established processes for workplace investigations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unpaid Interns

April showers have turned into May flowers and the college and university students are once again filling out the corporate ranks as “interns”.  Many companies exchange valuable experience on a student’s CV for unpaid help and assume that if the company calls this an “intern” relationship, they are entitled to do so.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Year End: Time To Update Employment Contracts

Year end is the perfect time to start planning to update the employment agreements you have with your existing employees. Read the rest of this entry »

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Terminations 101

Terminations 101

The end of the year can be a busy time for companies as they evaluate current staffing levels, particularly in the context of setting the next year’s budget.  Whether the objective is moving on under-performers or making tough downsizing decisions in the face of trimmed budgets, terminations need to be entered into with careful planning and, dare we say it, a discussion with your employment lawyer.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Excess Hours – are you in compliance?

If you have employees in Ontario who work more than 48 hours per week, the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) requires you to  obtain an Excess Hours authorization from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, unless certain exemptions apply. Read the rest of this entry »

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