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At Aird & Berlis, we provide strategic legal and business advice in all principal areas of corporate commercial law, including corporate finance, banking, insolvency and restructuring, energy, environmental, infrastructure/P3, technology and intellectual property, litigation, labour and employment, municipal and land use planning, real estate and tax. 

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Malware, Malfeasance and the Network Effect Stephen Zolf and Donald B. Johnston Jun 12, 2018 Join Aird & Berlis legal experts, Stephen Zolf and Don Johnston, along with the principal risk advisor at Informatica, Claudiu Popa, as they discuss the intersection of net neutrality, malware and malicious traffic. They will also highlight the duties of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to opera...
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Legal Innovation: What's Here, What's Near and What's Further Away Aaron Baer and Randy Williamson Jun 07, 2018 In this webinar, Aird & Berlis experts Randy Williamson and Aaron Baer, along with Melissa LaFlair, discuss the current state of legal innovation and help separate aspirations from reality.
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Blitz-Proof Your Workplace: How to Survive and Thrive During an Inspection Cynthia R. C. Sefton, David S. Reiter and Lorenzo Lisi May 29, 2018 Each year, the Ontario Ministry of Labour visits various workplaces without warning as part of its Occupational Health and Safety Act enforcement strategy, issuing orders and laying charges in its wake. Is your workplace prepared for an unannounced inspection? Join Cynthia Sefton and Da...
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Trump & Trade – The Heat is On Sam Billard May 16, 2018 It has been an interesting time in the NAFTA talks. After the Mexico round, the Trump Administration increased the pressure to announce an agreement in principle on NAFTA before the end of April. The idea is clearly to have a “win” to deliver for the mid-term elections in the United States. Mr. L...
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ESA Update: Ontario Set to Return to Its Former Public Holiday Pay Calculation Fiona Brown, Michael F. Horvat and Nicholas Smith May 15, 2018 On May 7, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Ontario Regulation 375/18, signalling the end of the holiday pay calculation recently brought in by Bill 148. As of July 1, 2018, the public holiday pay calculation provided for in the Employment Standards Act, 2000 will revert back to the old for...
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Collective Agreement Benefits vs. Paid Emergency Leave – First Look After Bill 148 Fiona Brown, Michael F. Horvat and Nicholas Smith May 15, 2018 Bill 148 introduced, for the first time in Ontario, a requirement that all employers provide paid leave for the first two days of Personal Emergency Leave taken by an employee in a calendar year. Labour arbitrators are frequently tasked with examining the interplay between the benefits provided u...
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Bill 53 Proposes Minimum Pay Rates for Workers Under Government Contracts Fiona Brown and Nicholas Smith May 14, 2018 In mid-April, the Ontario government introduced Bill 53, the Government Contract Wages Act, 2018 (the “Bill”). The Bill, if passed, will set out new wage rates for workers in certain sectors under contract with government entities.
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Steeper Fines and New Reporting Obligations for Employers Archive Now Available! Cynthia R. C. Sefton, David S. Reiter and Lorenzo Lisi May 08, 2018 The Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 (Bill 177) has brought about significant changes to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and employers need to understand how the amendments affect them. Join our panel of occupational health and safety law experts as they...
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Federal Government to Intervene in B.C.’s TransMountain Reference Case David Stevens May 04, 2018 On May 3, 2018, the federal Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould announced that the federal government will intervene in the British Columbia government’s reference question to the B.C. Court of Appeal. The Justice Minister indicated that “[w]e are confident in Parliament’s jurisdiction and w...
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The Power of Blockchain in Business Archive Now Available! Donald B. Johnston and Aaron Baer Apr 25, 2018 The number of companies interested in using blockchain has exploded in the past year, and businesses are changing the way they run their day-to-day operations. There are, however, still a few common misconceptions regarding blockchain. Aird & Berlis legal experts Aaron Baer and Don Johnston ...
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Workplace Wellness and Mental Health: Emerging Issues, Effective Management Archive Now Available! Lorenzo Lisi, Fiona Brown, Meghan A. Cowan and Michael F. Horvat Apr 24, 2018 Addressing mental health in the workplace is important to ensure employees can work productively and maintain a healthy work/life balance. Join Aird & Berlis legal experts Fiona Brown, Meghan Cowan, Michael Horvat and Lorenzo Lisi as they discuss and address mental health issues in the workpl...
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Myth-Busting the Cannabis Sector on International Cannabis Day Archive Now Available! Daniel Everall and Sherri M. Altshuler Apr 20, 2018 There are many imaginative misconceptions about the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada. As the dawn of the Canadian recreational market nears, there seems to be more misinformation than ever before.  Join our panel of cannabis-sector experts on International Cannabis Day as we b...
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Legal Lens on Women’s Health: Age and Your Career Archive Now Available! Barbra H. Miller, Rachel L. Blumenfeld and Pamela Miehls Apr 19, 2018 Join our panel of experts as we discuss career, cognitive and physical changes and expectations at various life stages, legal considerations and how to thrive in today’s workplace.
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New Ontario Rule Permits Payments to Charity Directors Jeremy D. Burke Apr 17, 2018 On April 1, 2018, Ontario Regulation 112/18 came into effect amending O. Reg 4/01 (Approved Acts of Executors and Trustees) under the Charities Accounting Act. The Amendment modifies the existing Ontario common law rule that prohibits a charitable corporation from compensating a director (or any ...
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Important Changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 Jody E. Johnson Apr 13, 2018 All across Ontario, municipal elections are just over six months away. On April 1, the most recent amendments that will impact the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 came into force. There are a lot of changes to the rules for this election, but this article discusses some of the most important ones t...