Business Law Articles

Lying About Future Intentions Can Cost You

Satnam Education Foundation v. MB Dream Construction & Supplies Ltd., 2020 BCSC 1089 When doing business, saying one thing and doing another can sometimes get you into hot water. This turned out to be the case for MB Dream Construction & Supplies Ltd. (MB Dream) who mislead Satnam Education Foundation (Satnam) and hid their true… Read more »

Nowhere to Hide

The B.C. Business Corporations Act Targets Full Transparency. If dealing with the current pandemic was not burdensome enough, in May of 2019, the BC Provincial Government made changes to the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) (“BCBCA”) that will require private companies to maintain a new type of record called a transparency register. The register is… Read more »

A New Arbitration Act for British Columbia

On September 1, 2020, a new Arbitration Act came into force in British Columbia.  This new statue more closely aligns B.C.’s domestic arbitration legislation with the International Commercial Arbitration Act and the standards outlined in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration. It contains new provisions on… Read more »

A Wolf in Employee’s Clothing

To make a business run effectively, we know it takes more than one person. Employers have to hire people to manage the day to day operations of a business. In doing so, employers have to place a certain amount of trust in their employees to do their work honestly and ethically. But what happens when… Read more »

COVID-19 and the Failing Business

COVID-19 and the Failing Business Robert Rogers Hamilton Duncan, Surrey, British Columbia With the outbreak of COVID-19, many businesses are being forced to limit or cease their operations, either due to public health orders to prevent the spread of the illness or due to a lack of customers. These circumstances have had obvious impacts on… Read more »

Amendments to British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act

Amendments to British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act Greg Palm, Partner Hamilton Duncan, Surrey, British Columbia On March 23, 2020, the British Columbia government amended the Employment Standards Act. Most of the changes are in specific response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and are expected to be temporary.  Another change, however, creates a new type of leave… Read more »

COVID-19 and Commercial Leases: Options for Landlords and Tenants

COVID-19 and Commercial Leases: Options for Landlords and Tenants James Woods and Mandeep S. Minhas Hamilton Duncan, Surrey, British Columbia As businesses across British Columbia are being forced to limit or cease their operations due to efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many business owners suddenly find themselves facing challenges they could… Read more »

COVID-19 and the B.C. Workplace: Dispelling Common Myths

Navigating British Columbia Employment Law During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Dispelling Common Myths Greg Palm Hamilton Duncan, Surrey, British Columbia The COVID-19 outbreak has already had a significant impact on British Columbia’s economy. Restrictions have been placed on the sizes of gatherings, we have seen the closure of most public facilities (with private ones now largely… Read more »

Can your criminal past come back and fire you?

Terminating an employee is not a topic that most people enjoy talking about. It is complicated and for many, too scary to even consider. Yet, whether employees or employers want to think about it or not, termination is a reality that can affect anyone working in today’s world. It is a topic full of grey… Read more »

Beware Employers

Sometimes terminating an employee is not as simple as following the Law As a lawyer, I am often amazed at the complexities of owning a business. Whether small or large, there are financial, operational and human resource requirements that all demand the attention of the business owner. One of the most common employer issues to… Read more »