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August 2016 Archives

What you get with a building permit in Alberta

In Alberta, if you're a contractor or a homeowner, and you're working on a building that the Alberta Building Code covers, you have to get a permit. This stipulation is laid out in the Safety Codes Act. So, the first thing that you get with a permit is simply permission to carry out the job. But what else do you get, and what benefits are there to obtaining the right permits?

There is no maximum temperature limit in the workplace

You do have a right to have a safe, comfortable workplace in Canada. You deserve not to be exposed to conditions that would put you in harm's way or that could cause physical problems. However, there is no law on the books at this time that sets a maximum limit for the temperature in your workplace.

Business fraud could take many forms, which could all be related

Business fraud often involves employees who are abusing their position within a company for their own gain. Common examples include theft, embezzlement, altering documents, appropriating company assets, and the like. A lot of times, these things are all related, and multiple types of fraud could be involved in the same case.

The Supreme Court can decide not to hear your case

Generally speaking, the appeals process goes like this: A judge rules on your case, and you then appeal to the court because you do not agree with the judgement. The appeals court then rules, and you either agree with it or you decide to appeal again, this time to the Supreme Court of Canada. What the Supreme Court says stands, so this body makes the final ruling and the case ends. There are also instances where the Supreme Court may order that there should be a brand new hearing or a new trial entirely, as well.

Understanding your overtime options in the construction industry

For the vast majority of workers in the construction industry, overtime has to be paid at a rate of 1.5 times the standard pay rate that the worker receives. For example, if the worker is paid $20 per hour, every overtime hour has to be paid out at a rate of $30 per hour.

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