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Get Ready: New Occupational Health and Safety Legislation Will Soon Be in Effect in Alberta

May 24, 2018 | Laura Mensch

Canadian Labour & Employment Law Blog

Following closely on the heels of its changes to the Labour Relations Code and the  Employment Standards Code, Alberta has passed new occupational health and safety legislation.  Employers must quickly get up to speed on these changes, as most of...

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Causation in Historical Sexual Abuse Cases

May 22, 2018 | Chris T.J. Blom

MT Insurance Law Blog

The concept of causation is difficult to grasp at the best of times, as much ink has been spilled over the years since the decision of Athey v Leonati[1] in which the court applied the “material contribution” test. Eleven years...

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Medical Marijuana Loses its Appeal – The Skinny on Skinner Part 1

May 16, 2018 | Helen D.K. Friedman

MT Insurance Law Blog

In earlier blogs, we have discussed the curious case of Wayne Skinner and his quest for medical marijuana funding under his union’s insurance plan. As you may recall, Mr. Skinner had been injured in an automobile accident in the course...

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The New World of Ontario Defined Benefit Plan Funding

May 15, 2018 | Kim Ozubko

A.M. Pension Blog

After much discussion and debate, on May 1, 2018, much of the new rules under the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario) (“PBA”) in respect of the funding of defined benefit pension plans came into effect. The changes are significant and will...

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Pensions: Keep the Change

May 10, 2018 | Kim Ozubko

Canadian Labour & Employment Law Blog

In recent years, Canadian pension standards legislation has been in, what seems to be, a constant state of change. In this blog post, we highlight some of the more significant recent and proposed legislative changes in Ontario, Québec and the...

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Medical Marijuana and Benefit Plan Coverage

May 1, 2018 | Kim Ozubko

A.M. Pension Blog

As discussed at our April A.M. Pension webinar, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal recently released its decision in Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Fund v. Skinner. In that decision, the Court of Appeal overturned the earlier decision of a...

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How Smart is Your Contract? Legal Considerations Around Smart Contracts

April 19, 2018 | Imran Ahmad

MT Cybersecurity Blog

In a 2016 report by the World Economic Forum,[1] it was suggested that smart contracts based on blockchain technology could potentially codify financial agreements in a shared platform and guarantee execution based on mutually agreed conditions. This would significantly reduce...

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FSCO Targeted Reviews

April 17, 2018 | Kim Ozubko

A.M. Pension Blog

In late 2017, the Ontario pension regulator, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (“FSCO”), announced that it was undertaking a series of “targeted reviews” of selected pension plans. There have now been two targeted reviews announced with more expected later...

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Connected and Protected: Insuring Your Business Against Cyber Breaches

April 12, 2018 | Imran Ahmad

MT Cybersecurity Blog

It was not long ago that a company’s cybersecurity plan was centred around the IT department, keeping internal networks protected and staying alert to malware and virus threats. Now, the risks have evolved: as companies have moved to more cloud...

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The Not so Reasonable Cost of Medical Documents

April 10, 2018 | Ashleigh T. Leon

MT Insurance Law Blog

One of the biggest pet peeves I have working in this industry is receiving, in my opinion, ludicrous requests from practitioners relating to the cost of obtaining medical records in their custody. For example, just the other day I received a...

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