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20 October 2020

COVID-19 as an “Occupational Disease”

In August the B.C. government implemented changes to the Workers Compensation Act through Bill 23, which received Royal Assent on August 14, 2020. Several notable changes were introduced; one of these changes widened the “Occupational Disease” framework to capture COVID-19 infection in certain circumstances. Workers Compensation Act Section 238 now reads: (1) Subject to subsection…

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28 September 2020

BC Launches InBC: $500M investment fund for businesses

By Arthur Cullinan

The BC Government has launched InBC, a new $500M investment fund designed to support high growth potential businesses and drive economic growth in every region of the province.  Although details of the new investment program are yet to be released, we understand that InBC plans to invest in small and medium-sized B.C. companies in an…

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23 September 2020

Vancouver Startup Week Presentation: Top Legal Tips for Tech Entrepreneurs

Technology lawyer Anand Athiviraham and IP lawyer Cameron Funnell will give the inside scoop on what mistakes to avoid when it comes to your tech startup, regardless of what stage your business is at. Entrepreneurs, developers, bootstrappers, SaaS companies, and more established companies looking to take it to the next level, will all benefit from…

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22 September 2020

New case for retroactive child support: Michel v Graydon

Payor parents, take note: even where a child has reached the age of majority, or become financially independent and is no longer considered a “child of the marriage”, the door is not closed on child support obligations that may have accrued in the past. A recent Supreme Court ruling means that the door remains open…

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21 September 2020

Back-to-school and COVID-19: When parents disagree

By Laurence S. Klass and Sherry Yu

With many educational institutions across B.C. open to returning students this fall, parents of school-aged children have had to face the difficult decision of whether to send their child back to school or to continue their education at home for the near future. While the B.C. government has created a detailed plan for the return…

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21 August 2020

Divorce in pandemic times: Arbitration as a potential answer

By Craig Neville

This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily (, part of LexisNexis Canada Inc. Closed or inaccessible courts during this pandemic prompted me to consider how we resolve matrimonial disputes generally, and, more specifically, how we can resolve them more effectively in these stressful and uncertain times. Uncertainty creates anxiety, and when you couple…

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20 August 2020

Temporary layoffs, CERB, and CEWS: A COVID-19 update

By Sarah Hentschel

Both provincial and federal governments continue to update legislation and programs introduced this year in response to COVID-19. This blog post highlights some of the recent changes. Temporary Layoffs in B.C. Under the Employment Standards Act, RSBC 1996, c. 113 (the “Act”), as long as an employer has the contractual authority or the employee agrees…

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