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Covid-19 and Lay-Offs: What Does It Mean for Employment Contracts?

In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis many businesses are scaling back or shutting down completely. In a matter of two weeks in late March, 2020, approximately 1 million Canadians have applied for employment insurance benefits. More will surely follow. Many employers and employees are wondering about their rights, obligations and options, especially in small businesses. An employment arrangement is, on a fundamental legal level,… Read More »

Does a Pandemic Nullify a Contract?

What does Covid-19 mean for contractual obligations? The unique circumstances of this crisis raises, first and foremost, concerns about health and well being.  Second to that, many people are concerned about the implications for their personal finances, as the Canadian and global economies are jolted by this pandemic. For the most part, assume that all contracts remain binding.  The pandemic will not mean that your… Read More »

Don’t let the “Pot” call the kettle black: Cannabis Policy and your Business

It now has been 10 months since Federal and Provincial laws changed legalizing the personal use and possession of cannabis, and society appears to still be in tact. Good! But, what about your workplace? Is cannabis use at work viewed the same as alcohol? Have you taken steps to understand the difference between the two intoxicants? Do you have a policy in place to be… Read More »

Overtime Employment Standards – Construction Industry

Overtime requirements for construction jobs in the Province of Manitoba are governed either by the Employment Standards Code or The Construction Industry Wages Act (CIWA). For construction jobs that fall outside of CIWA, generally, employers must pay their employees overtime if they exceed 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. However, as of 2018, an employer is permitted to create an Averaging Agreement… Read More »

Trust Provisions in The Builders’ Liens Act

Under The Builders’ Liens Act of Manitoba there are certain provisions buried in the legislation that touch upon issues not directly tied-in with the other sections concerning your ability to file a lien on a property. These provisions are known as the “Trust Provisions” and concern the money received by either the general contractor at a job, the subcontractors at a job, or the owner… Read More »

Legal Pot and Employee-Employer Relationship

As you will have heard, the times have changed. With the legalization of cannabis, becoming effective October 17th, 2018, new questions are popping up. What does this mean, for not just our general privileges, like driving a car, but what about when we’re at work? As an employee, can I expect cannabis consumption to be treated the same as drinking on the job? As an… Read More »

 
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