The High Price of Not Treating Employees Fairly

July 18, 2016
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A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice is a stark reminder to employers of the obligation to treat its employees fairly and with respect, both during their employment and in the manner of their termination of employment.

Suspending Board Members: Lessons From George v. The B.C. Wildlife Federation

June 10, 2016
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Federal and provincial not-for-profit corporate legislation contains rules that corporations need to navigate, particularly when dealing with a board member who has behaved inappropriately. The British Columbia Supreme Court recently dealt with some of these issues in George v. The B.C. Wildlife Federation, which sheds light on the rights of a board of directors to deal with a director who has acted inappropriately in the course of his or her duties.

8th Annual Not-for-Profit Sector LAB – Nov 18th

November 12, 2015
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Nelligan O’Brien Payne will be joining Collins Barrow Ottawa and RBC Royal Bank in presenting the 8th annual Not-for-Profit Sector LAB Update. Topics this year include: going paperless, dispute resolution and proper authority, investment policy management, and payment processing solutions.

The Domain Game: The Tall Task of Controlling Consumer Criticism in the Age of dotSucks

June 29, 2015
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Last year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved over 500 new ‘top-level’ domains. Although a number of them, like dotPorn and dotAdult, have stirred up controversy online for obvious reasons, none have attracted the business community’s attention quite like the recently approved dotSucks domain.

Extra-Provincial Corporations: Things to Know Before You Go

April 29, 2015
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Individual extra-provincial registration laws vary. In Ontario, the Extra-Provincial Corporations Act does not require Ontario and federal corporations to obtain a license before carrying out business in the province. However, most other provinces are not so generous to federally governed entities. Instead, the general rule is that all corporations are required to complete some kind of registration when operating a business in a province or territory where they were not incorporated. Federal business corporations incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act are also subject to this rule in most Canadian jurisdictions.

E-Commerce, Law and Lottery Jackpots: Beware of Technical Difficulties

April 22, 2015
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When does a bargain become a contract? Does the answer to this question change when a transaction is completed electronically? Although these issues may sound academic, they lie at the heart of the Quebec Court of Appeal’s decision in Ifergan c Société des lotteries du Québec, a case involving Joël Ifergan’s entitlement to half of a $27,000,000 lottery jackpot that recently made headlines across the country.

Looking to Incorporate Your Business? Five Everyday Differences between Incorporating Under the Ontario and Canada Business Corporations Acts

April 15, 2015
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In Canada, legislation allows for the incorporation of a business at both the federal and provincial levels. For a person residing in or intending to operate his or her business out of Ontario, this means that your two most likely options for incorporation will be the Business Corporations Act in Ontario and the Canada Business Corporations Act at the federal level. While these laws are very similar in many respects, there are also important practical and legal implications to choosing one or the other.

Business Succession Planning: Recent Changes to Estate Reporting Requirements

April 2, 2015
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In 2011, Ontario amended its Estate Administration Tax Act, 1998 in a manner that imposed new reporting duties on estate trustees and executors. These new provisions allow for the possible reassessment of paid estate administration tax for up to four (4) years after the tax becomes due, along with the possibility of extending the reassessment period where the estate administrator or executor does not comply with reporting requirements.