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The 2022 Construction Labour “Open Period” – What Employers Need to Know

March 1 – April 30, 2022 is the “Open Period” for ICI collective agreements, and many non-ICI agreements, in Ontario. During this period members of construction unions can apply to the Ontario Labour Relations Board to terminate a union’s bargaining rights with their employer, or – more commonly – a rival union can apply to the Board to displace an existing union, in what is commonly known as a “raid”. During the Open Period employers will likely see increased union activity on sites as incumbent unions will seek to maintain member support, and as rival unions may try to gather support for a raid.

Join us on Wednesday, February 2nd for a discussion about what employers should expect and need to know if a decertification application or a displacement application involving their employees is filed at the Board.

Details Wednesday, February 2, 2022
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PropTech: Property Technology, the New Frontier in Real Property, Part 3: Challenges

Jan 18, 2022

In this bulletin, we discuss the risks and challenges of using PropTech by businesses in the real estate space and for consumers of such products.

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Plan for the Ban: Our New Year’s Update of Single-Use Plastics Bans Across Canada

Jan 18, 2022

This bulletin provides an updated summary of the current state of single-use plastics legislation across Canada.

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Cash is King – Taking Control over Cash Collateral

Jan 18, 2022

In secured lending transactions, a debtor's cash may form part of the lender's general security or may be deposited with a financial institution to support certain contingent obligations (such as outstanding letter of credits)

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Alberta Securities Commission Provides Guidance On Shareholder Rights Plans, Break Fees and Use of Equity Swaps in Take-over Bid Context

Jan 12, 2022

An Alberta decision has held that the use of swaps in a hostile take-over bid can be abusive, and added guidance on shareholder rights plans and break fees.

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Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Upheld

Jan 12, 2022

An Ontario arbitrator upheld an employer's vaccine mandate for both a site where a 3rd party obligation existed and a related site with no such obligation.

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Ontario Arbitrators Continue to Uphold Terminations of Employees who Breach COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Jan 12, 2022

A recent decision by an Ontario arbitrator further affirmed the notion that dishonesty during COVID screening protocols by an employee can lead to termination.

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PropTech: Property Technology, the New Frontier in Real Property, Part 2: Benefits

Jan 11, 2022

In this bulletin, we discuss the benefits of using PropTech for businesses in the real estate space and for consumers of such products.

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PropTech: Property Technology, the New Frontier in Real Property, Part 1: Introduction

Jan 11, 2022

In this 3-part series, we explain the concept of PropTech, highlight its benefits and outline associated risks.