Covid-19: What will happen to my real estate deal?

March 25th, 2020 by Nancy Ling

In light of the Covid 19 crisis, many parties are concerned about whether or not their real estate deals will be able to complete. What happens if the banks close? What happens if the Land Title…

COVID and Your Contract

March 24th, 2020 by Andrea Meyes

You may have heard of so-called “Act of God” clauses as they relate to contracts. These provisions are more formally known as force majeure clauses. You may have such a clause in a contract and…

What employers need to know about COVID-19

March 23rd, 2020 by Clay Williams

The starting place for any discussion is that employers are obligated to provide a safe working environment pursuant to occupational health and safety legislation.

Mediation Part 2: Jill Dougans

April 30th, 2019 by FH&P Lawyers

Jill Dougans has been working as a mediator since 2003, and is a member in good standing with the Roster Society now called MediateBC. In addition to being a trial lawyer since 1987 Jill obtained a…

Constructive Dismissal Revisited

February 21st, 2017 by FH&P Lawyers

While employers have a general right to manage the workplace, they do not have a general right to unilaterally alter important terms in the employment contract. A constructive dismissal arises where…

Employment Agreement Pitfalls

February 14th, 2017 by FH&P Lawyers

Written employment agreements can benefit both employers and employees. They provide clarity about each party’s entitlements and obligations. Perhaps because of this, written employment agreements…

(AUDIO) Colin Edstrom Discusses Employment Discrimination

February 7th, 2017 by FH&P Lawyers

Colin Edstrom Discusses Employment Discrimination with AM1150.

When a Company is an Employee - Court Outlines Modern Approach to Employment Releationship

February 3rd, 2017 by FH&P Lawyers

The modern workplace is changing and with it the court’s notion of who is an independent contractor and who is an employee. The consequence of this evolution in understanding can have significant…

Don’t Burn Bridges: How To Leave Your Job

June 7th, 2015 by Gillian M. Dougans

I am often consulted by people who want legal advice about ending their employment. Some have been terminated and need advice about a severance package they have been offered. Some want to leave one…

“Can my employer do that?” – The Facts on Constructive Dismissal

April 14th, 2015 by FH&P Lawyers

The peaks and valleys of British Columbia’s economic landscape are often leaving employers looking for ways to reorganize their businesses, cut expenses and lower their overhead. Unfortunately,…

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Wind Up Your Family Trust; is now the perfect time?

New income tax rules have been introduced that will mean more onerous reporting requirements for Family Trusts in 2021. The government feels that there has been a lack of transparency and reporting in the administration of trusts, and are now requiring mandatory reporting on the details of these trust and the people involved in them.

Protecting Company Data from Cyber Criminals

COVID-19 has forced many businesses to have their employees work remotely. Most employers were not prepared for such dramatic changes to daily business operations and have adopted to the crisis situation on the fly.

What to Do When All Else Fails – Small Business Guide to COVID-19

We are realistically only one month into the shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and already businesses are starting to feel a serious pinch. This is a serious concern not only for the small businesses, but for all of us in Kelowna. Small businesses are the pillars in our community – they’re the sponsors at our charity events, they pay the salaries of thousands of Kelowna citizens, and their profits remain local, spent at local businesses. We ALL have an interest in keeping local businesses alive.