Layoffs, Work Sharing and Related Issues

April 6th, 2020 by | Posted in COVID-19, Employment Law

Layoffs and Work Sharing Your relationship with your Ontario Employees is governed by the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) and the Common Law. The ESA allows you to temporarily layoff employees, and to enter work sharing agreements. However, this is subject to some ESA and Common Law restrictions, which I will discuss below. If your business…

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Temporary Layoffs

April 1st, 2020 by | Posted in COVID-19, Employment Law

A temporary layoff occurs when an employer stops giving an employee work and (usually) pay for a limited period of time. The employer files a Record of Employment and the employee is permitted to apply for Employment Insurance. At the end of the layoff period, the employee is recalled and returns to work with their…

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The Threshold

March 25th, 2020 by | Posted in Litigation, Personal Injury

If you have been injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle, you will probably hear the expression ‘getting over the threshold’. When you make a claim for compensation for pain and suffering and a loss of enjoyment of life, you must show that you have a serious and permanent impairment. The question is: do…

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How COVID-19 May Impact Your Contracts

March 20th, 2020 by | Posted in Business Law, COVID-19

COVID-19 is a business and legal challenge the likes of which we haven’t seen in over fifty years. As governments grapple with how to respond to the crisis and enact bans on gatherings of 50 or more people and enforce business closures in high risk areas, business owners need to make decisions on how to…

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Are You Thinking of Buying a Franchise?

January 9th, 2020 by | Posted in Business Law, Corporate Commercial

If you are, have you spoken to an experienced franchise lawyer? Franchising has proven to be a preferred business model for a wide variety of industries. Successful franchises provide a considerable number of jobs and generate impressive revenue numbers. It is critical that a prospective franchisee obtain professional advice and guidance prior to completing the…

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Children’s Treatment Centre 2019

January 6th, 2020 by | Posted in Community

This holiday season, Tierney Stauffer LLP was honoured to support the SD&G Children’s Treatment Centre in Cornwall, Ontario. Our firm, along with others from the legal community, made donations to this worthy cause. The Children’s Treatment Centre is a community funded agency that is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. They provide…

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Sponsor-a-Hamper Program 2019

December 23rd, 2019 by | Posted in Community

This holiday season, Tierney Stauffer LLP was proud to support the Caring and Sharing Exchange through their Sponsor-a-Hamper program. We sponsored 4 families including 5 adults, 9 children, 3 cats and a dog! The Sponsor-a-Hamper program at the Caring and Sharing Exchange matches organizations and individuals with families in need. For this program, hampers are…

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The Importance of a Shareholders’ Agreement for Owners of a New Business

December 2nd, 2019 by | Posted in Business Law, Corporate Commercial

Starting up a new business with one or more other parties requires focus, energy, commitment and co-operation. The typical process includes retaining legal and accounting/tax advice. Another usual component is a strategic business plan developed by the intended new owners. In addition, the business will likely require financing, and sourcing that funding will be an…

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Dealing with your Minute Book

October 23rd, 2019 by | Posted in Business Law, Corporate Commercial

Your business is going great. Money is flowing in, employees and customers are happy, and your relationships with your business partners and community couldn’t be better. And then one day, as you’re tidying up your office, you knock over a dusty old book with your company’s name on it, a bunch of old documents within,…

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Annual Police Memorial Service on Parliament Hill

October 4th, 2019 by | Posted in Community

On September 28th, Ian Stauffer attended the Annual Police Memorial Service on Parliament Hill. The memorial recognizes the sacrifice of police and peace officers who have died in the line of duty. Ian sang at the Wall of Tribute, along with Sergeant C. Brown and David Brown. Prayers were said by Reverend Heard to the…

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