16 November 2020

Incorporating your business: Record books and why using a lawyer makes sense

By Watson Goepel LLP

When incorporating a new business, budget-conscious entrepreneurs typically, and understandably, focus on minimizing costs. While many free or low-cost online legal resources promise bargain prices, bypassing qualified and tailored legal guidance to help with your specific needs often leads to significant problems down the road, and can result in substantial costs and expenses that could…

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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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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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23 June 2020

The new B.C. “benefit company”: Meaningful marketing tool or hollow political posturing?

By Arthur Cullinan

On 30 June 2020, the Business Corporations Act will be amended to introduce a new type of company called a “benefit company”.  While there are legitimate concerns as to whether this new type of company is actually needed, the concept could provide a lucrative marketing opportunity for many B.C. businesses. What are benefit companies? Benefit…

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8 May 2020

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

By 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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1 May 2020

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

By 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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