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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

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

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

Mortgage Regulation Act - the new regime

Canada - February 14 2018 In May 2012, the Nova Scotia Legislature passed the Mortgage Regulation Act (“MRA”). The MRA has not yet come into force, but, when it does, it will

Mechanics' Lien Act reform

Canada - January 17 2018 The Legislative Services Branch of the Province of New Brunswick has announced in issue 40 of the Law Reform Note, available online, its intention to

Client Update: Land Use Planning in Prince Edward Island: The Year in Review

Canada - December 29 2017 Once again, the time has come to review the year that was and to chart the course for the year ahead. For municipalities, developers and planning

Municipality found guilty & fined for contravention of Prince Edward Island's Architects Act

Canada - December 21 2017 On October 11, 2017, the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Prince Edward Island gave her decision in R v. Community of Brackley. The Community of

Occupational health and safety: duty to report and protection against reprisal

Canada - December 14 2017 The Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) legislation in Atlantic Canada and across the country recognizes the internal responsibility system