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Privacy Protection

November 2012
The Supreme Court of Canada continues to reshape and define the limits of privacy protection in the face of rapid technological change. In two rec...


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Here Be Dragons: Business Disputes In Foreign Lands

October 2012
If your company is looking to do business outside Canada, you may want to consider the potential problems that can arise from getting entangled in...


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Employee Benefits: Taxable, Or Not?

September 2012
When it comes to payroll, employees usually trust their employer to correctly calculate and deduct source deductions, such as income tax and Emplo...


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Trusts And Tax Audits: Look Out - Here They Come!

August 2012
The Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) has recently started cracking down on family trust arrangements, so now might be a good time to get thin...


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Privacy Law And Your Business

July 2012
Privacy law in Canada is increasingly important and increasingly complex. Understanding how privacy law affects your business is crucial to mainta...


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Social Media Policies: Setting The Right Balance In The Workplace

May 2012
An increasingly multi-generational workplace brings significant new human resources challenges. One of the major issues is how employers should ad...


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Directors: Don't Get Left On The Hook!

April 2012
Corporate directors (including directors of not-for-profit corporations) can be held liable for payroll withholdings and other taxes that the corp...


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How To Terminate A Lease Without Getting Burned

March 2012
Landlords often find themselves dealing with a tenant who is chronically in default of its obligations under its lease, most often as a result of ...


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Ontario's Top Court Recognizes The Tort Of Invasion Of Privacy

February 2012
A person can now commence litigation seeking a monetary award for invasion of privacy. The Ontario Court of Appeal has adopted American jurisprude...


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Executors Beware: Important Changes To The Administration Of Ontario Probate Tax Are Coming

January 2012
Ontario Budget 2011 Amendments The 2011 Ontario budget, delivered by Finance Minister Dwight Duncan on March 29, 2011, contained relatively f...


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Not-for-profit Corporations: Watch For New Federal And Ontario Governance Rules Soon In Force

July 2011
Both the federal and the Ontario governments have introduced new legislation which will change the way not for- profit corporations (“NFPs”) a...


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Is Your Ontario Organization Ready To Comply With The New Accessibility Standards For Customer Service?

April 2011
As of January 1, 2012, all private businesses, non-profit organizations and any other service provider with at least one employee in Ontario must ...


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Tapping Into The Power Of The Sun

March 2011
March 2011 Ontario Green Energy Act (GEA), enacted in May 2009, is currently offering financial incentives for the generation of renewable ener...


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Recent Interim Changes To Work Reintegration Under The Workplace Safety And Insurance Act

February 2011
Recently, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) implemented revamped Work Reintegration policies. These interim policies (in force as of...


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Construction Law Updates Bulletin

January 2011
CONSTRUCTION LAW UPDATES The latter part of 2010 brought two important developments to the construction legal community. Amendments to the Con...


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Toronto's Harmonized And Comprehensive Zoning By-law

August 2010
If you own property in Toronto and have a development proposal in mind, the City of Toronto’s harmonization of 43 different pre-amalgamation zon...


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Important Recent Rulings In Construction Law

March 2010
There are three recent and very important decisions of which owners and contractors alike should take note. One decision concerns an owner’s abi...


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Ontario's New Harmonized Sales Tax And Real Estate

February 2010
The Ontario government has now passed legislation and signed a HST integration and coordination agreement with the Federal government that will ha...


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Bill 168: Cracking Down On Violence And Harassment In The Workplace

November 2009
“Violence and harassment have no place in the workplace”.1 This message from the Ontario government accompanies proposed amendments to the...


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H1N1 - Is Your Workplace Prepared?

October 2009
As flu season approaches, employers should consider the legal implications that could arise should the H1N1 pandemic prediction become a reality. ...


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Credit Agreements: Best Practices

September 2009
Companies often supply services or products to their customers without appreciating that they are, in effect, extending credit to their customers ...


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New Rules Set To Streamline Litigation, Reduce Costs, And Increase Access To Justice

August 2009
In many instances the costs of litigation can be such a burden that a potential claimant’s access to the justice system is effectively restricte...


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The New CCDC 2 - 2008: Uncertain Times For Claims

July 2009
It took 14 years, but in 2008 the Canadian Construction Documents Committee finally released an updated version of the Stipulated Price Contract, ...


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Income Splitting Opportunities For Families Using Prescribed Loans

April 2009
Sometimes an individual wishes to shift income to lower income family members in order to reduce the family’s tax liability. While there are “...


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Tax Planning And Interest Deductibility After Lipson

March 2009
The Supreme Court of Canada does not hear a large number of tax cases so these decisions are usually significant. This can certainly be said for t...


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February 20th - New Reporting Rules For Real Estate Developers

February 2009
The Canadian real estate sector has been identified as vulnerable to money laundering and terrorist financing. Amendments to the Proceeds of Crim...


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Considerations In Formulating An Email Use Policy

January 2009
Email use is growing. In 2007, Statistics Canada reported that 81% of private sector enterprises made use of electronic mail, compared with only 5...


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Construction Law - Year In Review

December 2008
2008 saw a number of important cases in the construction industry, including Kennedy Electric Ltd. v. Dana Canada Corporation, Design Services Lt...


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Insolvency Legislation Amendments - Priorities For Secured Creditors Re-ordered

August 2008
The Wage Earner Protection Program Act (“WEPPA”) and amendments to the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act (“BIA”), proclaimed in force on Jul...


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Employers - Drive A Honda To Litigation Success (Keays V. Honda)

July 2008
In the much anticipated and landmark case of Keays v. Honda Canada Inc., the Supreme Court of Canada overturned one of the largest punitive damage...


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Selling A Business - The Legal Issues

May 2008
Thinking of selling your business? Beyond determining the selling price you are willing to accept, there are quite a few legal issues that need to...


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Successful Succession

March 2008
Recent Canadian studies have found that only 30% of Canadian family-owned businesses make it to the second generation, and only 10% make it to the...


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Purchasing A Business - The Legal Issues

March 2008
Looking to buy a business? Here are a few things to consider. First of all, learn everything you can about the business you are looking to buy. By...


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First Family Day

February 2008
The first “Family Day” will be observed in Ontario on Monday, February 18, 2008. This public holiday was created by the Ontario Government in ...


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Privacy Policy (Updated 2008)

February 2008
Pallett Valo LLP is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of personal information that has been provided to us by our clients and others. T...


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Tight Limitation Periods For Demand Notes

January 2008
Demand notes which are more than two years old may not be worth the paper they are printed on. In the recent decision of Hare v. Hare, the Ontario...


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Estate Planning Updates - Recent Cases

July 2007
An overview of recent developments regarding the court's treatment of property held jointly by parents and children, and the duty to adequatel...


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The Insolvency Proposal: An Alternative To Bankruptcy

June 2007
More businesses and individuals declare bankruptcy than is really necessary. If done in time, a meeting with insolvency counsel can result in maki...


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Managing Electronic Documents And Meeting Your Obligations When Litigation Is Imminent

April 2007
An overview for business leaders of the benefits of a document management policy to deal with the ever-growing volume of electronic documents. Elec...


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Pallett Valo LLP Introduces A Workforce Risk Management Solution

March 2007
As part of the firm's Right-sized Thinking approach, as well as a recognition of the human resources needs of its clients, Pallett Valo is enh...


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Reasonable But Not Perfect - The Standard For Directors

January 2007
Directors and senior officers may be held personally liable for bad decisions, even when honestly made, now that the Business Judgment Rule has be...


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Some Estate Planning Opportunities (Revised December 2008)

December 2006
Opportunities in estate planning: Depending on the wishes, family dynamics, and assets in question, one might be in a position to take advantage o...


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Mandatory Retirement

December 2006
On December 12, 2006, legislation that ends mandatory retirement came into force in the province of Ontario. The Code Previously, the Ontari...


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How Good Employment Contracts Can Benefit Employers And Employees

September 2006
An overview of how useful employment contracts really are. Employment Contracts I’m always surprised at how few of my clients regularly us...


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Disability During Reasonable Notice - What Every Employer Should Know

August 2006


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Trust Issues Continue To Cause Concern To Employers And Plan Administrators

June 2006


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Sub-Metering In Condominiums - The Legal Implications

May 2006
Rising costs of utilities and services are a universal concern for Boards of Directors across the province. As common expenses increase, particula...


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Human Rights Tribunal Decision: Human Rights Commission To Pay The Employer $100,000 Legal Costs

February 2006
Pallett Valo LLP was involved in a human rights case that will be of interest to employers who may be called upon to defend themselves (or their m...


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Recent Developments In Labour And Employment Law

August 2005


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Tax Savings For Professionals

April 2005


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Amendments To The Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000

February 2005


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Annual Minutes Article 2004 "But All You Do Is Change The Dates" (Updated 2016)

January 2004
January 2004 (Updated 2016) We hear that all the time! Why should private corporations keep their minute books at their lawyer’s office a...


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