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CASL: Penalties, Timelines and Opting-Out
There has been some confusion over how penalties will work when CASL takes effect. In addition to government enforcement, the law allows for private civil action as well.
CASL: What is Canadas Anti-Spam Legislation?
Make no mistake, this legislation will affect almost all Canadian businesses. In a series of articles, we will be breaking down what CASL is, what kinds of penalities you could face, and how to best protect your business and comply with the legislation.
Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation
The new “Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation,” or CASL, comes into effect on July 1, 2014. Business owners need to recognize that the regulations are far-reaching and have dramatic consequences to those who do not comply.
Who is Really Signing that Contract?
Because of simple procedural mistakes, Chris Piche was held personally liable for his company's breach of contract. How did this happen? Jonathan MacKenzie explains.
When Contracts Fail
Lawyer Jonathan MacKenzie shows how missing key principals can make a contract unenforceable.
Four Important Contract Law Misconceptions
There are a number of common misconceptions about contracts that can lead to serious problems if the business relationship breakdown. Having a solid understanding of the way contracts work can help you to protect your business.
Protecting Your Business with Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI)
Starting at $150 a year for a standard policy, a new legal insurance offering can help small and mid-sized companies gain legal expenses protection.
Canadian Postal Codes Threatened in Copyright Lawsuit #openpostal
An important battle has begun in Canada over an essential piece of information: the lowly postal code. It is a case that has important ramifications for all businesses in Canada.
Canada's New Anti-Spam Law: Businesses Beware
Will Canada's new anti-spam legislation put your company at risk? Here is a look at why this new legislation is raising more concerns than it solves.
Ontario's New Accessibility Standards: What Small Businesses Need to Know
As of January 1, 2012 all organizations in Ontario must comply with the new accessibility Customer Service Standard. Here is what you need to know about this new law.
Legal Issues When Doing Business Between Canada and the US
Meet Nick Pavlidis, a New York lawyer who came up to the Search Engine Strategies conference in June to share insights into US law and the Internet. CanadaOne caught up with Nick to ask him about legal considerations for Canadian companies doing business with Americans online as well as other cross-border legal issues.
Bullies in the Boardroom: Covering the Legal Bases
To avoid bad debts and other board room antics, consider this advice from senior commercial litigator Igor Ellyn.
The Hidden Realities in Franchise Financing
Evaluated these important financing considerations before you take the leap to turn your business into a franchise system.
Bullies in the Boardroom: How to Handle Difficult Clients [Part 1]
All small business owners have come across client bullies, whether they demand more than what they are paying for or cause problems when it's time to pay their bills. In this first article we look at behavioural management strategies that can help you handle clients who don't play nice.
Not So Tweet After All: Social Media's Impact on Workplace Firing
When an employee says something totally inappropriate on a social media forum, can the employer safely fire that person? Workplace law expert Daniel A. Lublin outlines the issues.
Avoiding Legal Perils: Critical Insights into Canadian Franchise Law
Before you buy - or sell - a franchise, make sure that you understand these ins and outs of Canadian franchise legislation.
Avoiding Legal Perils: Critical Insights into Canadian Franchise Law
Before you buy - or sell - a franchise, make sure that you understand these ins and outs of Canadian franchise legislation.
What You Can Do to Avoid Copyright Crime
If you think it's okay to use an image you found online in your blog or in other places, think again. As one Vancouver-based company learned the hard way, copyright violations can be costly.
Business Contracts 101: What Canadian Businesses Need to Know
This guide looks at what you need to know about business contracts before you sign on the dotted line.
May I Help You? Understanding Ontario's New Regulation on Accessible Customer Service
In Ontario, quality service for customers with disabilities isn't just good business practice any more – it's the law. Read on to learn how this new legislation could affect your business.
Supreme Court Ruling Positive for Business
The Supreme Court ruling released on June 27, 2008 overturns the previous pro-employee decisions and sets new rights for employers.
Supreme Court Ruling Positive for Business
The Supreme Court ruling released on June 27, 2008 overturns the previous pro-employee decisions and sets new rights for employers.
The Ins and Outs of Vacation Time & Vacation Pay
Vacation pay in Canada is complex, with different rules for each province and territory. In this article we outline what you need to know for your province.
Are Canadians Vacation Deprived?
Canadians are not getting enough vacation time, two new studies by Mercer and Ipos Reid show.
A Patent Necessity
How much is a patent worth? If you are Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd., it is your entire business. Yet as important as patents are, when it comes to filing patents to protect intellectual property the statistics say that Canada lags behind other countries.
Business Identity Theft Checklist
Protecting customer data is both a legal and a customer relationship issue. How does your organization protect the information it collects? This checklist will help you develop secure information management practices.
The New Privacy Laws Explained
On January 1st, 2004 the federal government’s new privacy laws took effect. This article will help you understand the impact of the new legislation on your business.
Privacy Checklist: Are You Ready?
The federal government is poised to implement new privacy laws in the New Year. Is your business ready? Read through our checklist to find out.
Signing on Behalf of the Corporation - Avoiding Personal Liability
Conducting business on behalf of a corporation? Here's how you can protect yourself from being personally liable.
Entrepreneurship: Used Business for Sale
Are you thinking of buying someone else's business? Read this before you sign on the dotted line.
Incorporation Aftermath
You've been incorporated from day one, enjoying all of the tax and strategic advantages that go along with that. What about your other requirements? Read on to find out what they are.
Employment Law: Wrongful Dismissal & Termination Without Cause
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between wrongful dismissal and termination without cause? Read on as MyLegalAnswers tackles these issues.
Legal Q&A: Answers to four common legal questions
Can you hire replacement workers during a strike? Does an invention belong to the employee or the employer? What can you legally ask in a job application? Legal Q&A answers.
Legal Q&A: Answers to five common legal questions
What are copyrights, patents and trade-marks? What paperwork needs to be filed when incorporating? And what about that annual shareholder's meeting you're obliged to hold now that you are incorporated? Read on as MyLegalAnswers.com answers these frequentl
How To Set Up A Business
Should you incorporate? The experts from mylegalanswers.com offer insights into choosing a business structure.
Bulletproof Your Lease Agreement
Worried about booby traps in the standard commercial lease agreement you're thinking of signing? You should be. With the help of key experts we've put together a list of questions and considerations that will help you bulletproof your business lease.
Registering a Business in New Brunswick
Starting a business in New Brunswick? Here's how to reserve a name and register a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation.
It Isn't Over Till You Get Your Money
In business, if you can't collect, you won't survive. In his latest column, author and business guru Paul Adams outlines important strategies that will enable you to convert your invoices into liquid assets.
Disability Insurance follow-up: Killer negotiating strategies with hard-nosed insurance companies
Here are some killer strategies that improve your odds of success if you ever find yourself negotiating with hard-nosed insurance companies.
How to Register a Business in Newfoundland & Labrador
If filling out forms, performing name searches and paying registration fees is something you'd like to avoid, then you might try registering your business in Newfoundland. Writer Melissa Cotton discovered that none of these annoying procedures are requir
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Life's a risky business. Can you afford to get sick?
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Life's a Risky Business: Insurance Costs
So, how do you know if you need disability insurance (DI)? Paul Tanti, an independent insurance broker, suggests asking yourself the following questions.
Life's a Risky Business: Understanding Different Insurance Types
Once you've decided that you need disability insurance, the next step is to understand the ins and outs of disability insurance and to create a more specific list of questions to identify the terms and conditions of a policy that will fit your individual needs.
Life's a Risky Business: Definitions of 'Disability'
James Piper, an independent chartered accountant, cautions that the definition of disability ought to be studied carefully to prevent the insurance agency from denying legitimate claims.
Life's a Risky Business: Do You Qualify for Insurance?
Independent business owners may find it difficult to purchase disability insurance for two main reasons. This means that even if an entrepreneur wants – and can afford – to purchase disability insurance, he or she may not be able to, as Paul Lima discovered.
Life's a Risky Business: Keeping Insurance Costs Down
Obviously, more coverage and considerations result in a higher premium costs, assuming that you qualify for the policy you want. However, cost is just one factor; ultimately you want to ensure that your policy is structured so that you can collect.
Life's a Risky Business: Can You Collect on Your Insurance Claim?
Read the comprehensive workshop on disability insurance to learn more about what it is, why you might need it and how to get it even with a limited budget.
Life's a Risky Business: Determining How Much Insurance You Need
Read the comprehensive workshop on disability insurance to learn more about what it is, why you might need it and how to get it even with a limited budget.
Life's a Risky Business: Useful Insurance Contacts
Read the comprehensive workshop on disability insurance to learn more about what it is, why you might need it and how to get it even with a limited budget.
Life's a Risky Business: Insurance Policy Prep Sheet
Read the comprehensive workshop on disability insurance to learn more about what it is, why you might need it and how to get it even with a limited budget.
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All About Canadian Trademarks
Trademarks are a valuable asset that can differentiate your business in the marketplace and add real value to your bottom line. But what exactly are they? When should you use them? And how do you register one? To find out we interviewed Gord Thomson, an i
Don't Get Caught in the Web: Legal Protection in Cyberspace
Make sure that you don't get caught in a legal bind in cyberspace! This article looks at some of the legal issues and risks associated with 'getting wired'.
Terminating an Employee: the Dignified, Legal Way
Firing an employee can be a risky, difficult job. Here are some tips and guidelines to protect yourself, and keep the situation under control.
Legally Speaking: When is an Independent Contractor an Employee?
Is your contractor really an  independent contractor ? Or could you find yourself facing a significant payroll liability if the person is, in fact, deemed to be an  employee ? Lawyer Ron Walton explains that a good contract is needed to ensure that the distinction is clear to both the courts and Revenue Canada.
Legally Speaking: What is a Trademark
Trademarks, trade names, patents, copyrights, and industrial designs are often confused. In this article Ron Walton (lawyer) explains the difference between trademarks and other intellectual property.
Legally Speaking: Dismissal for Cause
Employers in Canada know how difficult it can be to fire an employee. In this article Ron Walton, a Toronto based-lawyer, explains how employers may be able to use 'just cause' to fire an employee without notice or pay in lieu of notice.