24 May 2024

Decoding BC Relationships: Navigating the “Marriage-Like” Grey Area

By Lauren Liebowitz (Blumberg)

When it comes to family law in British Columbia, the distinction between being in a common-law relationship, commonly referred to as a marriage-like relationship, and simply cohabitating can have significant implications. Marriage-like relationships can trigger legal rights and responsibilities similar to those of married couples. To help you navigate these waters and maintain your independence,…

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15 May 2024

Navigating ICBC Coverage for Licensed Mobile Equipment

By Anastase E. Maragos & Cameron Lineker

When purchasing insurance, it is important to purchase coverage that meets your needs. In British Columbia, motor vehicle insurance is regulated and provided by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (“ICBC”). However, ICBC may also provide coverage for “licensed mobile equipment.” Licensed mobile equipment is a broad term that can include items like tractors, farming…

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2 May 2024

British Columbia’s Short-Term Rental Accommodations Act: Addressing the Housing Crisis

By Julia Crimeni

The Short-Term Rental Accommodations Act The Government of British Columbia has taken significant steps to address the province’s housing crisis with the passage of the Short-Term Rental Accommodations Act. These regulations, set to be implemented in phases over the next two years, aim to bolster long-term rental housing availability, enhance enforcement mechanisms, and establish a…

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22 April 2024

What is Replacement Cost Valuation and how is it calculated?

By Anastase E. Maragos & Cameron Lineker

One of the most important parts of insurance coverage is making sure that you are properly covered in the event of a loss. An insurance policy will usually only cover a certain amount, so making sure that your policy covers the replacement cost is essential to proper coverage. This post is meant to be a…

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11 April 2024

Business Interruption Insurance Explained

By Anastase E. Maragos & Cameron Lineker

What is business interruption insurance? Business interruption and business income insurance are meant to protect against monetary losses when your business temporarily comes to a halt. This could be due to an emergency such as a fire or flood, and the coverage can include operating costs, moving expenses, and other expenses. The purpose is to…

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4 March 2024

Celebrating Women’s Achievements and Fostering Collaboration

By Ben Ling (Linda) Chen

A Tribute to International Women’s Day It’s this time of the year as International Women’s Day approaches, to reflect on the remarkable journeys and accomplishments of women across diverse fields of expertise. From the courtroom to the corner office, women have been catalysts for change, driving innovation, and challenging the status quo. As a female…

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4 March 2024

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Domestic Violence and the Workplace

By Sarah Hentschel

Employers may not think of domestic violence as a workplace issue. However, legislation across Canada creates obligations for employers in the workplace relating to domestic violence. Generally, employers are aware that in BC WorkSafe occupational health and safety legislation requires businesses to provide a safe a workspace as possible for their employees. In 2023 WorkSafe…

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6 February 2024

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WorkSafe Premiums: Risks to an Employer of the Uninsured “Independent” Contractor

By Sarah Hentschel

Who Requires WorkSafe BC Coverage Employers are usually familiar with the legal requirement to obtain WorkSafe BC coverage for their employees. However, businesses are actually required by law to ensure that all “workers” performing work or services for their business are insured by WorkSafe BC. Establishing what type of work requires WorkSafe coverage involves some analysis as “worker” is…

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5 February 2024

Co-Insurance Explanation

By Anastase E. Maragos & Cameron Lineker

Co-Insurance explanation A Co-Insurance clause is a term in an insurance policy which ensures that you (the policy holder) insure your property for the true replacement cost of the property or at least to minimum level. Most Co- Insurance clauses require an owner to insure a property to 80%, 90% or 100% of the property’s…

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