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In This Issue - #253 March 2020

  1. An Update To Our Clients About COVID-19
  2. Province Releases List of Essential Services in British Columbia
  3. COVID-19 Q & A
  4. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update For Workplaces
  5. COVID-19 and Frustration of Contracts
  6. COVID-19 Issues: Frustration, Subject-To Clauses and Contracts of Purchase and Sale
  7. Layoffs, Working Remotely and School Closures as a Result of COVID-19
  8. Courthouse Closures Due to COVID-19
  9. Practical Legal Advice and COVID-19: Relying on Force Majeure Clauses or the Doctrine of Frustration
  10. WorkSafeBC Claims for COVID-19
  11. COVID-19 – Do You Have An Up To Date Will?
  12. New Employment Standards Act Protections for Individuals Impacted by COVID-19
  13. Can a Home Inspector Limit Their Liability?
  14. New Disclosure Requirements for all British Columbia Companies
  15. Hardball Tactics of Successful Insurer Backfires
  16. Pre-Judgment Garnishment: A Powerful but Exacting Tool
  17. Pushor Mitchell Raises over $3,400 in Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser
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1. An Update To Our Clients About COVID-19

by Andrew Brunton

Pushor Mitchell strives to provide a safe work environment for its employees, to protect its clients, and cooperate within its communities as we respond to COVID-19 ...

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Andrew Brunton
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2. Province Releases List of Essential Services in British Columbia

by Colin Edstrom

The provincial government published its list of essential services on March 26th. Essential services are workplaces that are encouraged to stay open by the provincial government. ...

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Colin Edstrom
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3. COVID-19 Q & A

by Alfred Kempf

Employers and Employees are pondering their rights in light of the Corona virus. We have set out some of the questions that might arise and our answer to same. ...

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Alfred Kempf
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4. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update For Workplaces

by Colin Edstrom

COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) has had a significant impact on Canadian workplaces. It is a novel virus that has left employers and employees scrambling. ...

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Colin Edstrom
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5. COVID-19 and Frustration of Contracts

by Alfred Kempf

Organizations are suddenly facing economic uncertainty given the new and far reaching consequences of COVID-19. ...

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Alfred Kempf
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6. COVID-19 Issues: Frustration, Subject-To Clauses and Contracts of Purchase and Sale

by Jeremy Burgess

COVID-19 has resulted in a number of issues which put the performance of purchase contracts for real property at risk. ...

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Jeremy Burgess
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7. Layoffs, Working Remotely and School Closures as a Result of COVID-19

by Colin Edstrom

Our governments have made several directives and recommendations since our previous articles which we address below. This article also canvasses issues such as school closures, layoffs resulting from COVID-19, working remotely and bans on large publi ...

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Colin Edstrom
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8. Courthouse Closures Due to COVID-19

by Pushor Mitchell LLP

Effective this morning, March 19 2020, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia announced the temporary suspension of regular court operations to help contain the spread of COVID-19. ...

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Pushor Mitchell LLP
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9. Practical Legal Advice and COVID-19: Relying on Force Majeure Clauses or the Doctrine of Frustration

by Alison Cathcart

Until COVID-19, many business people had not heard about or given much consideration to force majeure clauses in their business contracts. ...

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Alison Cathcart
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10. WorkSafeBC Claims for COVID-19

by Mark Grabas

This is an unprecedented time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The effects of the spread of the virus are being felt across all industries by employers and employees alike. ...

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Mark Grabas
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11. COVID-19 – Do You Have An Up To Date Will?

by Vanessa DeDominicis

Morbid? Yes. Timely? Yes. A Will is a “back-burner” thing. Life is busy... but all of a sudden, a global health crisis has hit us all. ...

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Vanessa DeDominicis
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12. New Employment Standards Act Protections for Individuals Impacted by COVID-19

by Colin Edstrom

The Employment Standards Act was amended to provide job protection to persons who are ill, need to self-isolate, need to care for their child or other dependent, or whose employer is concerned that the employee may expose others to risk as a result o ...

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Colin Edstrom
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13. Can a Home Inspector Limit Their Liability?

by Jeremy Burgess

When would-be homeowners obtain home inspections, they place a great deal of reliance on the inspection report they receive. ...

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Jeremy Burgess
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14. New Disclosure Requirements for all British Columbia Companies

by Paul Tonita

As part of a multinational commitment to end hidden ownership of companies, there are new requirements under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) (the “Act”) regarding beneficial ownership and control of com ...

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Paul Tonita
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15. Hardball Tactics of Successful Insurer Backfires

by Angela Price-Stephens

In a case identified by the court as analogous to David and Goliath, the hard ball tactics of the insurer deprives it of its costs, despite successfully defending a claim for personal injury. ...

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Angela Price-Stephens
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16. Pre-Judgment Garnishment: A Powerful but Exacting Tool

by Jeremy Burgess

Pre-judgment garnishment is a powerful remedy that allows a creditor to secure their claims by garnishing funds owed to a debtor and holding them in court pending a further order or agreement of the parties. ...

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Jeremy Burgess
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17. Pushor Mitchell Raises over $3,400 in Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser

by Pushor Mitchell LLP

Internal fundraising efforts raised over $3,400 for multiple sclerosis (MS). ...

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Pushor Mitchell LLP
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