Drafting Your Own Contracts

Why not do it yourself — write your own contract, that is?  In today’s age, there is no shortage of readily available tools, allowing you to do just that. Stationery supply stores carry self-help books on how to write your own contract. You can search for any type of contract, and easily find numerous online tools. You input certain requested information, and for a limited fee, voila, you now have a contract. With such easily available, simple and inexpensive tools
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Social Media Privacy

In short, it is a fiction.  Privacy does not exist on the internet. This includes on social media. Most of us would consider it creepy if someone was to be following us around, lurking in the shadows, watching – and recording, and retaining information on – our every move.  This is essentially what is happening online.  This can give rise to various concerns, for example if you have your social media page open while doing sensitive work or while doing
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Changes Introduced to Employment Standards in B.C.

The British Columbia government recently tabled Bill 8, Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2019.  This Bill, which has not yet become law, contains significant updates to the Employment Standards Act (British Columbia) (ESA).  It is the first of what is anticipated to be two stages of amendments. This Bill contains too many changes to summarize here. Readers should review the Bill itself or consult legal counsel. Highlights include:  (1) extending the period over which employees can recover wages payable; (2)  additional
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Easter Weekend and Statutory Holiday Pay in B.C. and Alberta

Following the Easter long weekend, some employees may be receiving a little more cash this payday. British Columbia and Saskatchewan have more statutory holidays than the other provinces, with 10 each.  However, we honour fewer public holidays than are observed in may other industrialized nations. Cambodia, for example, has 26 public holidays per year. India has 18 public holidays annually, and Malta and Germany have 15. Under the Employment Standards Act, British Columbia (ESA), Good Friday is a statutory holiday.
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Legal Woes for the Easter Bunny

Several years ago, our young daughter asked a very direct question: “Is Santa Clause real?” Despite my attempts to fend them off, the questions continued. As did the lack of clear responses. A few months later, she had another direct question: “Mom, is the Easter Bunny real?” These questions have caused many a parent to pause. What is a parent to do, a parent who believes both in the wonder of childhood, and in honesty within families? It had not
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What Is Administrative Law?

I am quite frequently asked this question. Administrative law is the body of law that governs administrative agencies. Administrative agencies are involved in virtually every aspect of our lives.  Examples include agencies that regulate food and drug products, securities commissions, local building and development and zoning agencies, liquor control boards, self-governing professional bodies, privacy commissioners, employment insurance, human rights tribunals and workers’ compensation boards. Administrative agencies relieve the burden on our courts.  At least in theory, they may also provide
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