Courts Will Look Beyond the Employee’s Title to Determine Reasonable Notice

06. January 2021 0
Cho v Stonebridge Solutions Inc., 2020 BCSC 1560 Facts The plaintiff was terminated by the defendant, Stonebridge Solutions Inc. (“Stonebridge”), after five months of employment at age 49. Stonebridge argued that the plaintiff was an independent contractor, and therefore no notice of termination was required. The plaintiff had previously worked as Vice President national Sales ...

The End of CERB and the Transition to EI

05. October 2020 0
Although the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) ended on October 3, 2020, many Canadians still find themselves in need of financial assistance due to the impact of COVID-19. As a result, changes have been implemented to make Employment Insurance (“EI”) benefits more accessible. These changes are anticipated to be in effect for one year starting ...

Terminating a Distribution Agreement Akin to “Dependent Contractor” Arrangement and Requires Reasonable Notice

Facts This was a summary trial application brought by the plaintiff, Meridian Distribution Ltd. (“Meridian”) seeking judgment against the defendant for breach of contract.  Meridian was a distributor of sporting goods and other accessories. The defendant, Endeavor Design Inc. (“Endeavor”) was a company that made snowboards and snowboarding accessories. From 2003 to 2012, Meridian and ...

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance and Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility Applications to Open

On May 20, 2020 Bill Morneau and Navdeep Bains announced the opening of the application process for the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility program. More information can be found about this program in our previous blog post found here. The same day, Justin Trudeau announced that applications for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance will ...

Trudeau Announces Expansion to Eligibility Criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account

On May 19, 2020, Justin Trudeau announced an expansion to the Canada Emergency Business Account (“CEBA”), previously discussed in Rose Keith’s blog post dated April 16, 2020, found here.  CEBA is administered by Export Development Canada and provides a partially forgivable, zero interest loan of up to $40,000 for qualifying small businesses. Up to $10,000 ...