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Changes to Law, Major Case Decisions, Industry Trends, & Other Legal Issues

An Update To Our Clients About COVID-19

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Categories: Blog
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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Extension of Temporary Layoffs to 24 Weeks

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Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Many employers have been worried about the status of their employees who are still on temporary layoff.

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Childcare, Human Rights and COVID-19

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Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Childcare is one of the most difficult areas to navigate for employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and daycares were closed forcing many employees to balance working from home with childcare obligations.

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Tax Complications and Your Estate

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This topic is substantial. This article only touches on one of the issues. Please note that there are potentially numerous tax issues on death and it is very important to discuss these implications with a lawyer and an accountant.

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Considerations for Construction Projects during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Categories: Blog, Construction
The COVID-19 virus has created uncertainty in the financing for many construction projects. The virus’s impact has caused some lenders to reassess project viability and, in some instances, withdraw financing before or after construction has commenced.

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Failing to Commit a Contract of Purchase of Sale for Real Property to Writing: A Potential Incurable Mistake

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As was discussed in my previous article, Property, Parties, Price – How Far the Court Will Go to Insert the 3 P’s of Real Estate into a Contract, it is critical that parties to a contract of purchase and sale for real property take the time to properly document the terms of their contract.

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Layoffs, Recalls and Terminations – The Aftermath of COVID-19

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On March 17, 2020, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, declared a public health emergency.  The following day, March 18, 2020, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, declared a provincial state of emergency to support a province wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This signaled the closing of many BC business and the resulting layoff of employees.

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Calculating Foreign Income For Support Purposes

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Categories: Blog, Family Law, Tax
The Child Support Guidelines set the benchmark for calculating income for support purposes.  The Guideline’s objectives ensure recipients and payors of support in similar circumstances are treated similarly across Canada.

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Top 25 Medical Malpractice Cases of a 25 Year Career – Retained Sponges

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Categories: Blog, Medical Malpractice
In this series of articles BC and Alberta personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer Angela Price-Stephens describes her top 25 notable medical malpractice cases of her 25-year career to date. In this seventh article in the series Angela reflects on the case of Eileen who suffered inexplicable prolonged healing and pain from what ought to have been a routine partial hysterectomy. 

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Can I Sign My Estate Planning Documents Without Meeting My Lawyer in Person?

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Many of us take it for granted that we can meet with our lawyer in person to discuss and sign our estate planning documents which often include a will, power of attorney and representation agreement.

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