The Review

New Employment Contract Blog! An Introduction to Employment Contracts

This is an introduction to our new semi-regular blog posts about Employment Contracts and the importance of continuously updating them. We frequently act for a wide variety of companies across diverse industries in preparing, normalizing, and updating their employment agreements, and non-employment contractor agreements. Often employers may not realize that their standard documents may not be in accordance with various aspects of the Employment Standards Act. These integral documents for an Employer and Employee are used to clearly define the

Family Trust Settlements

We have recently completed the settlement of property out of a complex Family Trust, into the ownership of the trust beneficiaries. A trust is a legal entity that can hold assets, invest, and enter into contracts with third parties. There are a number of potential benefits to setting up a trust, including reducing tax payable on death, estate planning and the transfer of wealth, and protecting assets, among others. The recent trust settlement we acted on involved a number of

New Rent Relief for Commercial Tenants

The Government of Canada has introduced a new plan for assisting Commercial Tenants during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Ontario Allows Personal Real Estate Corporations (PREC’s)

Real Estate Agents and Brokers are now able to incorporate their own business through a Personal Real Estate Corporation. This can provide a variety of benefits to agents and brokers alike.

COVID-19: Are employers obligated to provide face masks to employees?

As all levels of government begin to ease restrictions on businesses opening up to the public, many employers are left in the dark with regard to their obligations to employees, specifically with regard to face masks in the work space. What are the responsibilities of the employer or employee, and who must bare the cost?

It’s All About Timing: Covid-19 Layoffs and Navigating EI, the CERB and the EWS

If you have been following the news, you will know that the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is now available for employees laid off since March 15, 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.  Employees laid off before March 15, 2020 will be enrolled in the regular EI stream.

COVID-19 Relief Available for Business

During the COVID-19 pandemic, small and large business alike are facing unprecedented challenges whether it be maintaining supply chain functions, paying employees, or servicing customers. The Government of Canada and Ontario, along with some private industry stakeholders, have taken some steps to attempt to assist businesses in these difficult times.