In This Issue - #188 October 31, 2014

  1. Legal Liability of Investigations Gone Wrong 
  2. GST on Marihuana 
  3. Teen and Parent Car Use Agreement 
  4. Pobody’s Nerfect: Director Liability for Corporate Remittances
  5. Tax Matters Toolkits for Family Law Matters
  6. Employers’ Presentation Series: Effective Practices in Employee Terminations 
  7. Airbag Defect, Deaths Lead to Recall Involving 4.7M Cars 
  8. In The Community - Pushor Mitchell Closes Office for United Way Days of Caring
  9. Monthly Poll Question: Do you think the government of Canada should make the use of marijuana legal? 

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1. Legal Liability of Investigations Gone Wrong - by David Brown

For a variety of reasons, workplace investigations are becoming increasingly common in businesses of all sizes. While the benefits of effective investigations should not be understated, it’s equally important for companies and HR professionals to recognize the legal implications of investigations gone wrong..

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2. GST on Marihuana - by Matthew Canzer

Should consumers be charged GST on marihuana? Yes, according to the Tax Court of Canada in Hedges v. The Queen, 2014 TCC 270, because marihuana is legally available for purchase without a prescription and without a Ministerial exemption..

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3. Teen and Parent Car Use Agreement - by Paul Mitchell, Q.C.

Teens are involved in many serious car accidents. Pushor Mitchell Partner and personal injury and ICBC claim lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C. has prepared a “Teen and Parent Car Use Agreement” to assist you in getting the message about driving safely to your teen driver. This Agreement is free.

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4. Pobody’s Nerfect: Director Liability for Corporate Remittances - by Matthew Canzer

When a company’s financial situation becomes turbulent, it might be tempting for directors to ensure that creditors are paid before remitting source deductions (i.e. income taxes, GST, employment insurance premiums, and Canada Pension Plan contributions) to the government. To discourage this reprioritization of the company’s resources, directors can be held personally liable for the corporation’s statutory remittances.

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5. Tax Matters Toolkits for Family Law Matters - by Melodie Lind and Taryn Moore

As a result of a recent collaboration between the Canadian Bar Association, Justice Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency and Finance Canada, two Tax Matters Toolkits have been developed. Both of the Toolkits are designed to assist with understanding the tax laws that can apply on separation or divorce, which can be complex and difficult to navigate.

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6. Employers’ Presentation Series: Effective Practices in Employee Terminations - by Greg Pratch

Pushor Mitchell is pleased to present “This Just Isn’t Working Out”: Controlling the Costs of Employee Terminations, the third installment in our new employment law series, Navigating the Seas of Change.

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7. Airbag Defect, Deaths Lead to Recall Involving 4.7M Cars - by Paul Mitchell, Q.C.

An airbag defect that’s blamed for at least four deaths has led the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a recall notice for more than 4.7 million vehicles.

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8. In The Community - Pushor Mitchell Closes Office for United Way Days of Caring

On October 28th, Pushor Mitchell will once again be closing our office for the afternoon so that we can participate in the United Way Days of Caring Program where workplace volunteers are connected with projects in the community.

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9. Monthly Poll Question: Do you think the Government of Canada should make the use of marijuana legal?

Each month we poll Okanagan residents on a timely topic. This month's question is: "Do you think the Government of Canada should make the use of marijuana legal?"

Visit our homepage to take the poll and see the results!

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