8 May 2020

Protected leave and sick leave: What counts as “reasonably sufficient proof”?

Sarah Hentschel

** This article does not contain legal advice. There can be legal differences across industries and jurisdictions (i.e. federally versus provincially regulated workplaces). In addition, employee contracts can vary the suggestions set out in this article. Please consult with counsel before you implement any new strategy which deviates from your current policies and procedures.** The…

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6 May 2020

Jeffrey Read joins the firms as Associate Counsel

Watson Goepel LLP

We are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Read has joined our Business Law Group as Associate Counsel. Jeffrey brings his vast experience in corporate and securities law, where advises local, national, and international companies and securities dealers on their Canadian activities. He also acts for large BC-based public companies and private equity groups and has…

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1 May 2020

At a Glance: Federal and BC Provincial ‘Benefits for Businesses’ during COVID-19

Cameron Funnell

Business owners are scrambling to understand the numerous and evolving support programs offered by the Federal and BC Provincial governments during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help make sense of it all, Associate Cameron Funnell has created an at-a-glance ‘COVID-19 Benefits for Businesses’ cheat sheet that clearly breaks down the various programs, the criteria for each,…

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30 April 2020

How to issue a complaint against your Canadian bank during COVID-19

Ryan R. Lee

Many Canadians are facing financial uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which can lead to issues arising between banks and their customers. Many banks have taken measures to accommodate individuals and businesses in these challenging times by creating special programs, some of which are outlined here. Despite measures being taken by banks, individuals…

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21 April 2020

Webinar: Legal Impacts of COVID-19 on Businesses

Watson Goepel LLP

Anand Athiviraham, Senior Associate in our Business Law Group, joins Marco Russo, Wealth Management Specialist, for a webinar presentation on Wednesday, April 22, that reviews the benefits provided by the Canadian Government as a response to COVID-19, and the resulting legal implications. They will address how to deal with employee layoffs, how the virus has…

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16 April 2020

COVID-19 has shuttered my business. Can I lay off my workers? Should I abandon my lease?

Micah Goldberg

The novel coronavirus has disrupted British Columbia’s economy and the province may not fully recover from the effects of social distancing for months to come. For many business owners, working from home is either not possible with social distancing orders, or it provides limited (if any) economic benefits. Businesses are facing massive difficulties in trying…

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14 April 2020

Force majeure, frustration, and fairness: Navigating contractual disputes in the COVID-19 pandemic

Yianni Pappas-Acreman

The spread of COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on our society. This impact will be felt for months and years to come. In light of the current circumstances, many businesses, organizations, and individuals are struggling to meet their obligations and are looking for guidance on how they can resolve any resulting business and contractual…

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