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2020 Year in Review: Atlantic Canada Labour & Employment Law Developments

2020 brought us all challenges that have been unprecedented in our time. The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted us in ways that were unimaginable. As Atlantic Canada navigated the challenges of changing worlds, and workplaces, a number of important legal developments appeared, that regional employers should be aware of as they plan for the year ahead. Click the image below to read our 2020 Year in Review, where lawyers from the Labour and Employment practice group recap notable legislative and case law updates from each of the four Atlantic provinces.


This update is intended for general information only. If you have questions about the above, please contact a member of our Labour & Employment group.

 

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Newfoundland and Labrador financial hardship unlocking available beginning today

March 1, 2021

Dante Manna As of today, Newfoundland and Labrador has joined several other jurisdictions with financial hardship unlocking provisions. While the new provisions do not allow direct unlocking from pension plans, and not available to current…

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Careful what you disclose: Court recognizes a new privacy tort for Nova Scotia

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Nancy Rubin, QC Nova Scotia has taken a big step forward in recognizing the tort of publication of private facts. The case, Racki v Racki, 2021 NSSC 46 comes hot on the heels of Ontario’s…

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COVID-19 immigration update

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Building French language ability in Canada through immigration

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Outlook for 2021 proxy season

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Andrew Burke and Divya Subramanian The year 2020 was nothing short of unusual.  With COVID-19 impacting every aspect of business and life, shareholder meetings also transitioned to a virtual medium. For more on how the…

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Ontario Superior Court recognizes new tort of internet harassment

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Chad Sullivan and Kathleen Nash Overview The issue of hateful and harassing social media communication has garnered much attention in both the media and, more recently, in the courtroom. In Caplan v Atas,¹ Justice Corbett…

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Business interruption and COVID-19: A UK perspective

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Daniel MacKenzie and James Galsworthy On January 15, 2021, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court (“Court”) issued a decision which is likely to be viewed as good news for policy holders who have endured business interruption…

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Top five employment law issues going into 2021

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Grant Machum, ICD.D and Mark Tector 2020 was a challenging year for many people and businesses. And while we are all happy to have 2020 in the rearview mirror, we anticipate that there will continue to…

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Canada’s carbon tax – an increase and a refresher

January 14, 2021

Kevin Landry and William Wojcik On December 11, 2020, the federal government announced Canada’s strengthened climate plan in a document titled A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy (“Plan”). The Plan proposes to increase the carbon…

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The end of the Mechanics’ Lien Act

January 13, 2021

Kenneth McCullogh, QC and Conor O’Neil, P.Eng. On December 18, 2020, the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick passed the Construction Remedies Act. The new legislation will not take effect until a date to be named…

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