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McInnes Cooper’s Kiersten Amos in The Chronicle Herald’s Cream: 5 Hot Tips to Help Employers Manage Office Romances
By Kiersten Amos August 24, 2015

Romantic relationships between co-workers often blossom during the short summer months. They are unavoidable — but can affect the workplace and pose challenges for employers while in full bloom and after it’s faded. McInnes Cooper lawyer Kiersten Amos examines the workplace impact and the legal implications of workplace romance, and offers 5 hot tips to help

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McInnes Cooper’s Denis Mahoney in The OGM: New East Coast Offshore OH&S Regime – 3 Key Changes Add Clarity
By Denis Mahoney August 21, 2015

Our lawyers know our clients look to us for information on how legal developments affect their business. In his recent article, New East Coast Offshore OH&S Regime – 3 Key Changes Add Clarity, McInnes Cooper partner Denis Mahoney identifies the three key changes the federal Offshore Health and Safety Act  made to achieve clarification of the roles and

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Legal Update: 10 of the Top Employers’ Attendance Management Problems
By Katie Roebothan August 13, 2015

The employment contract, at its core, is an exchange of work for compensation. So at a very basic level, employers are entitled to expect regular ongoing attendance from their employees. Yet poor attendance – and high absenteeism – is one of the most common and difficult employment problems an employer must manage.   There are

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McInnes Cooper’s Marc-Antoine Chiasson in Taxnet Pro™: Beneficiary’s Purpose Matters – Invalidation of Bequest to Neo-Nazi Group as Against Public Policy Withstands Appeal in McCorkill v. Streed, Executor of the Estate of Harry Robert McCorkill (aka McCorkell), Deceased
By Marc-Antoine Chiasson August 10, 2015

Our lawyers are involved in litigation that pushes the boundaries. In Marc-Antoine Chiasson’s article, Beneficiary’s Purpose Matters – Invalidation of Bequest to Neo-Nazi Group as Against Public Policy Withstands Appeal, Marc-Antoine tells you about the recent NB Court of Appeal decision that upheld the invalidation of a testamentary bequest on public policy grounds.     Read

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Legal Alert: New NS Limitation of Actions Act Effective September 1, 2015
By Danielle Kershaw August  6, 2015

On September 1, 2015, the new NS Limitation of Actions Act – the legislation that determines the limitation period (time limit) in which a lawsuit must be started in relation to a NS claim – will take effect. The Act will include two further changes the NS government made to the version of the Act

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Legal Alert: On Their Own – SCC Confirms Penalized Tax Preparers & Planners Don’t Get Charter Protection in Income Tax Act Proceedings in Guindon v. Canada
By Megan Seto July 31, 2015

On July 31, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada decided that proceedings under Canada’s Income Tax Act (ITA) are administrative, not criminal, and a penalty imposed under it is not a “true penal consequence” – and the person on whom such a penalty is imposed doesn’t get the protection of Canadian Charter of Rights and

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Legal Alert: Beneficiary’s Purpose Matters – Invalidation of Bequest to Neo-Nazi Group as Against Public Policy Withstands Appeal in McCorkill v. Streed, Executor of the Estate of Harry Robert McCorkill (aka McCorkell), Deceased
By Marc-Antoine Chiasson July 30, 2015

On July 30, 2015 the NB Court of Appeal decided the invalidation of an NB man’s gift to US-based National Alliance (NA) in his will, because the information the NA disseminates and its purpose are against Canadian public policy, will stand. It’s rare that courts interfere with a person’s freedom to choose to whom to

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Legal Alert: A Glimpse Into The Future of Privacy Law – Medical Marijuana Privacy Breach Class Action Lawsuit Can Go Ahead in John Doe and Suzie Jones v. Her Majesty the Queen
By Jane O'Neill, David Fraser July 29, 2015

On July 27, 2015, the Federal Court of Canada decided a lawsuit by medical marijuana program participants against the Federal Government alleging Health Canada violated their privacy rights is an appropriate case for a class action and can proceed as such. This latest decision is still a preliminary, though critical, procedural step – but offers

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McInnes Cooper’s Wylie Spicer in France Forum: The Importance of the Oceans to Canada
By Wylie Spicer July 28, 2015

Our lawyers think globally because our clients do. McInnes Cooper’s Wylie Spicer is internationally recognized for his Maritime Law and Energy & Natural Resources knowledge and skills. In his article The Importance of the Oceans to Canada, Wylie examines the important role of the oceans to Canada’s energy and natural resources sector, how use of

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Legal Alert: Bad Faith & Production of an Insurer’s Business Information – 4 Key Implications of the NB Court of Appeal’s Decision in Wade v. Wawanesa Ins. Co.
By Brian Perry July 21, 2015

On July 16, 2015, the New Brunswick Court of Appeal ordered an insurer to produce a significant amount of its financial and business information to a plaintiff in a first party claim involving bad faith and punitive damages. The decision may impact how insurers – particularly automobile and disability insurers – defend claims of bad

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Legal Update: The Changing Face of Aboriginal Law – 1 Short Year, 2 Big Court Decisions, 3 Key Implications for the Energy & Natural Resources Sector
By Jeffery Callaghan July 17, 2015

On the heels of National Aboriginal Day, we pause to take a look back at two significant Aboriginal law cases decided in the last year, how they’ve changed the face of Aboriginal law in Canada, and the three key implications they hold for Canada’s energy and natural resources sector.    ONE YEAR & TWO SIGNIFICANT

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Legal Update: Looking For Investment? 5 Investee FAQs About Atlantic Canada’s Small Business Investor Tax Credit Programs
By Adel Gönczi, Julie Robinson, Nick Whalen, Ryan Baxter July 14, 2015

Are you an Atlantic Canadian entrepreneur pitching for investment in your small business?  You might want to consider adding a tax credit benefit for investors to your pitch by registering your business under one of Atlantic Canada’s provincial investor tax credit programs. Every Atlantic Canadian Province has some form of an investor tax credit program: 

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Legal Update: Aboriginal Law – The Duty to Consult on the East Coast
By Michael Connors July 10, 2015

Each Provincial government is under the legal duty to consult; the manner in which each carries out its legal duty to consult differs depending on the Provincial context.  New Brunswick. Consultation in NB is often complicated by the large number of varying interests at play, the fact that the Peace and Friendship Treaties are still being

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Legal Update: Unproven Aboriginal Rights Enough For Lawsuit Against Private Industry in Saik’uz First Nation and Stellat’en First Nation v. Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.
By Carole Chan, Jeffery Callaghan July 10, 2015

On April 15, 2015, British Columbia’s Court of Appeal confirmed that First Nations can make certain legal claims grounded in Aboriginal rights against the government – or against any other party, like private industry – even if those rights haven’t yet been recognized by any court or formal agreement with the Crown. The decision could

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McInnes Cooper’s Darren Stratton & Megan Sheppard in The Chronicle Herald’s Cream: Bad Faith & Unfair Dealing in Employee Dismissal – 7 Lessons in 7 Years
By Darren Stratton, Megan Sheppard July  6, 2015

It’s been seven years since the Supreme Court of Canada last visited compensation for employers’ conduct in the manner of employee dismissal. Where does compensation for the employer’s conduct in dismissing an employee stand now?   In Part One of their two part article, McInnes Cooper lawyers Darren Stratton and Megan Sheppard take a look at

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