In this issue - #169 March 28, 2013

  1. Monthly Lawyer Profile - Monica McParland 
  2. Language Discrimination 
  3. Employee Dishonesty? Not Always Grounds For Firing 
  4. Expansion To The Property Transfer Tax Family Farm Exemption 
  5. Considerations for Tenants in a Commercial Lease 
  6. Ask A Lawyer – Who Gets The Deposit When A Purchaser Fails To Close A Real Estate Transaction? 
  7. In The Community – Pushor Mitchell Okanagan Conference on Brain Injury 
  8. Interesting Cases / Transactions - From Our Business Law Group  
  9. Legal Lite - Sperm Donor Sues Clinic For Letting Ex-Girlfriend Use His Sperm 

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1. Monthly Lawyer Profile - Monica McParland

Why did you become a lawyer?

I think I watched too much “Law and Order” growing up!

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2. Language Discrimination - by Alfred Kempf*

Can an employer require employees to speak only a certain language in and around the workplace?  A related question is:  can an employer only hire employees with certain language skills?

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3. Employee Dishonesty? Not Always Grounds For Firing - by Greg Pratch

Most of us know that employers have the right to terminate an employee ‘for cause’ at any time during the employment relationship.  If an employer has ‘cause’ to terminate an employee, the employer can do so immediately, without notice to the employee and without paying any severance.  However, many lawsuits arise over the question of whether the employer, in fact, had ‘cause’ to terminate the employee.

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4. Expansion To The Property Transfer Tax Family Farm Exemption - by Melodie Lind

In a recent Legal Alert article, I wrote about the exemption from property transfer tax when a family farm is transferred. One of the potential problems with claiming this exemption is that it is more difficult to claim the family farm exemption upon a person’s death than it is if that person transferred the property during his/her lifetime. An expansion of this exemption was announced as part of the 2013 British Columbia budget.

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5. Considerations for Tenants in a Commercial Lease - by Vanessa DeDominicis

A well-drafted and well-negotiated commercial lease is essential to the success of a Tenant’s business. Grey areas can lead to unexpected costs and even litigation down the road – this can be avoided by good drafting and making sure you think about all of the following prior to signing on the dotted line.

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6. Ask A Lawyer – Who Gets The Deposit When A Purchaser Fails To Close A Real Estate Transaction? - by Andrew Brunton*

The Supreme Court of British Columbia rendered the Tang v. Zhang decision in 2012.  That decision has now been overturned by the British Columbia Court of Appeal. 

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7. In The Community – Pushor Mitchell Okanagan Conference on Brain Injury

BrainTrust Canada is hosting the Pushor Mitchell Okanagan Conference on Brain Injury on June 13 & 14, 2013 at UBC Okanagan.

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8. Interesting Cases / Transactions - From Our Business Law Group

From Our Business Law Group – Act as corporate counsel for a Western Canadian oil and gas company with projects across British Columbia, Albert and Saskatchewan.

Find out more about our Business Law Group: http://www.pushormitchell.com/service/business-law

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9. Legal Lite - Sperm Donor Sues Clinic For Letting Ex-Girlfriend Use His Sperm

http://blogs.findlaw.com/legally_weird/2013/03/sperm-donor-sues-clinic-for-letting-ex-girlfriend-use-his-sperm.html?DCMP=NWL-cons_blg-weird

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