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2018 Year in Review: Atlantic Canada Labour & Employment Law Developments

We can all make 2019 a success by building on the year that was. For employers, 2018 was a year of many notable developments in labour and employment law across the country. We saw Ontario enact significant legislative changes only to roll many of them back following a turnover in government; the federal government propose significant changes to its own legislation; the #metoo movement march forward; and the legalization of cannabis put its workplace impact in the spotlight.

Atlantic Canada experienced a number of its own legal developments that regional employers should be aware of as they plan for the year ahead. Click the image below to read our 2018 Year in Review, where lawyers from the Labour & Employment practice group recap notable legislative and case law updates from each of the four Atlantic provinces.

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New Brunswick regulator seeks input on changes to defined benefit pension plan funding

July 8, 2020

Christopher Marr, TEP & Lauren Henderson As defined benefit pension plans (“DB Plans”) throughout Canada continue to face funding challenges due to mounting solvency deficits, the New Brunswick Financial and Consumer Services Commission (“FCNB”) is…

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Downey v Nova Scotia: clarifying the process under the Land Titles Clarification Act

July 8, 2020

Jennifer Taylor   The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has acknowledged the ongoing impact of systemic racism against African Nova Scotians in an important decision on the Land Titles Clarification Act (“LTCA”).   The case,…

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Entry of business persons to Canada under CUSMA

July 3, 2020

Effective July 1, 2020, the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) was officially replaced by the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (“CUSMA”). Like NAFTA, CUSMA contains provisions for the temporary entry of foreign “business persons” to Canada…

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The Supreme Court of Canada paves the way for class action lawsuit against Uber

June 26, 2020

Killian McParland and Jennifer Thompson In a decision released earlier today, Uber Technologies Inc. v. Heller¹, the Supreme Court of Canada determined that an agreement requiring Uber drivers to go to arbitration instead of suing…

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COVID-19 immigration update

June 24, 2020

*Last updated: June 24, 2020 (Originally published April 1, 2020) Kathleen Leighton Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various implications for the immigration world, including for those already in Canada, as well as those…

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Bringing Corporate Governance Online: Can Atlantic Canadian private issuers leverage tech solutions while complying with provincial corporate statutes? Part 2: Electronically-signed share certificates

June 22, 2020

Stephanie Stapleford, Mike Carver, Matthew Craig, Kimberly MacLachlan and Christine Pound Part 2: Electronically-Signed Share Certificates The COVID-19 crisis, and federal, provincial and local government directives for individuals to continue complying with social distancing policies…

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I am Terribly Vexed – Vexatious Litigants in Penney v. Newfoundland and Labrador, 2020 NLSC 46

June 22, 2020

Joe Thorne and Kara Harrington Vexatious litigants are a category of persons who misuse the court process through repeated improper, abusive, and/or meritless proceedings. Vexatious litigants may take many forms, but ultimately they are a…

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Discovery: Atlantic Education & the Law – Issue 06

June 18, 2020

We are pleased to present the sixth issue of Discovery, our very own legal publication targeted to educational institutions in Atlantic Canada. During these unprecedented times, universities and colleges are encountering unique challenges of working…

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Temporary lay off timeline extended to 26 weeks from 13… temporarily

June 15, 2020

Twila Reid and John Samms On Friday, June 12, 2020, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced it has extended the time period under section 50 of the Labour Standards Act (“the Act”) that converts…

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Travelling to visit a cottage or summer home in Canada during COVID-19

June 15, 2020

  Kathleen Leighton Those who have vacation homes or cottages in Canada may be starting to form their summer plans as temperatures begin to rise. However, the ongoing pandemic has resulted in a host of…

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