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No Force Majeure in your Contract? You may have options

By Ashlee Froese | 23rd March 2020 A few weeks ago, we discussed the relevance of force majeure clauses in contracts during the Covid 19 crisis. (A force majeure clause can allow for non-performance on contractual obligations to be excused without penalty.) You can read the article here. But what if you don’t have a…

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Insurance Policy Protection and Covid 19

With a number of provinces declaring a provincial state of emergency and, as of March 22, 2020, the Federal government examining the Emergencies Act (but not yet enacting it), it is clear that we are in exceptional times.  Businesses opt into insurance policies to guard against the impact of exceptional times.  We always hope that…

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Canada’s Response to Coronavirus

With the World Health Organization’s proclamation that the Coronavirus is a global pandemic, there is the realization that the Coronavirus is a significant (!) global issue that is having impact beyond the immediate health concerns.  There is concern that there could be a serious economic impact.  To that end, the Canadian government issued its policy…

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Coronavirus: Triggering the World’s Force Majeure

We are now starting to understand the global impact of Coronavirus and that it goes well beyond health issues. Its impact is reverberating throughout the global economy. Factories, cities and, literally, countries have been shut down. With the vast number of consumer goods companies relying on Chinese manufactured goods, the global supply chain is rife…

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Planning for the Future: Adopting Corporate Social Responsibility Practices

Every successful corporate entity should always be planning for the future: annual growth, product extension, international expansion, succession planning, and so on.  However, there has been a rising trend that corporations should also take into account the societal and environmental impact.  Corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) has become more commonplace.  Whether companies truly believe in positioning…

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Understanding the Difference between an Independent Contractor and an Employee

The law treats independent contractors and employees very differently.  Employees enjoy greater legal protections in the workplace than independent contractors.  As such, employers have greater legal duties to employees, which also extends into greater tax implications.  Regardless of whether your company defines its worker as an employee or an independent contractor, it is possible that…

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