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Stewart McKelvey


It’s all in the attitude: insolence & insubordination

Canada - March 5 2013 One of the most challenging issues in the workplace is dealing with bad attitude and employees refusing to perform the work for which they were hired

Falseunfounded allegations: what about the unsubstantiated complaints?

Canada - October 23 2015 As long as there are harassment and respectful workplace policies that provide employees an opportunity to file complaints against their fellow

Do you have to pay an employee for hours of work spent “closing” up shop?

Canada - June 1 2015 The Vice-Chair of the Nova Scotia Labour Board, Lorraine Lafferty, recently considered this issue in Webb v. Spry Bay Campground & Cabins 2015 NSLB 26

Discipline and mental health in the workplace

Canada - March 10 2016 Disciplining employees who are suffering from mental illness can pose particular difficulty for employers. Although there is a duty to accommodate

Can an employer prohibit tattoos and piercings?

Canada - January 21 2016 In the 1970s the issue for employers was long hair and sideburns. In the 1980's it was earrings for men. Today the employer's concerns are with

Good faith expected of employers!

Canada - August 16 2017 While the concept of good faith is not new to employment law, its limits and implications remain uncertain. In a recent decision, Avalon Ford v Evans

New Nova Scotia temporary solvency relief for defined benefit pension plans

Canada - August 10 2017 On August 9, 2017, the Nova Scotia Superintendent of Pensions announced temporary solvency relief for defined benefit pension plans available

Canada's infant cannabis industry starting to require a patchwork quilt of governance: updates from Calgary, Edmonton & Nova Scotia

Canada - July 28 2017 Edmonton wants "Cannabis Lounges", Nova Scotia Landlords don't want tenants to smoke marijuana in their rental homes, and Calgary City Council

Where there's smoke, there may be coverage: an insurer's obligation to indemnify for medical cannabis

Canada, USA - July 14 2017 Legal cannabis will have numerous implications for insurers. The federal Cannabis Act (discussed here), the provincial acts (discussed here) and the

Driving high - the future is hazy for Canadian automobile insurers once cannabis goes legal

Canada, USA - July 6 2017 Legalized and regulated cannabis is on track to become a reality in Canada in just under a year (on or before July 1, 2018). This will create a number