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6 February 2023

Time Theft – Monitoring Remote Workers

By Sarah Hentschel and Zachary Tng

Increasing demand for remote work has presented new challenges for businesses, particularly where it comes to recording time for work completed.  While time theft has historically been difficult for employers to prove, the rise of remote work has ushered in new methods such as activity tracking software which has simplified the employer’s ability to prove…

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16 January 2023

Comprehensive Summary of the Prohibition of Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act

By Henry M. Ka

On January 1, 2023, the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act (the “Act”) came into force. Under section 4(1) of the Act, non-Canadians will be prohibited from purchased any residential property in Canada. Defining The Meaning Of “Residential Property” The term “Residential Property” is defined section 2 of the Act as:…

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19 December 2022

The “Common Law Condominium:” A Historical Anomaly with Present-Day Implications to Strata Wind-Ups

By Jeremy West

In British Columbia, condominium ownership is principally governed by a statutory regime found in the Strata Property Act (“SPA”). However historically, structures were developed to create land ownership and management rights outside of that legislative scheme. Cypress Gardens (a 177-unit residential complex located in the City of North Vancouver) is an example of what has…

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5 October 2022

What obligations do Canadian employers have to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace?

By Lawyers Associated Worldwide

The COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges for Canadians. Employers and employees have had to adapt to changing public health measures throughout the past few years. Provincial governments lifted most, if not all of their public health mandates in early 2022. Although public health mandates are no longer in effect for most Canadians, employers still have…

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9 September 2022

The Honourable Richard B.T. Goepel, K.C. Joins Watson Goepel

By Watson Goepel LLP

September 9, 2022 – Watson Goepel LLP (“Watson Goepel” or the “Firm”), is pleased to announce that the Hon. Richard B.T. Goepel, K.C. has joined the Firm as Senior Counsel effective September 7, 2022. Mr. Goepel returns to Watson Goepel following his retirement from the BC Court of Appeal. He brings a wealth of experience…

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25 August 2022

Three Watson Goepel Lawyers Recognized in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada

By Anastase E. Maragos, Jeffrey Read, Craig Neville, K.C. and Watson Goepel LLP

Embargoed until August 25, 2022 – We are pleased to announce that three of our lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honour which is determined by votes received amongst their local legal peers…

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27 July 2022

New Homebuyer Protection: 3-day Right of Rescission

By Anand Athiviraham

On July 21, 2022, the Government of British Columbia announced the creation of regulations that will enable a mandatory three-day Homebuyer Protection Period (“HPP”), also known as a “cooling off period” or “right of rescission” starting on January 1, 2023. The new regulations can be implemented directly by the government due to previously passed amendments…

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21 July 2022

Erika Hertz and Zachary Tng join Watson Goepel

By Watson Goepel LLP

We are pleased to welcome Erika Hertz and Zachary Tng to Watson Goepel as our 2022-2023 Articling Students. Erika and Zachary graduated from law school in 2022. During law school, they consolidated their legal experience through Pro Bono work. Read more about Erika Hertz and Zachary Tng.

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