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October 2017 Archives

Tim Hortons franchisees struggle with business law contradiction

Franchise owners face unique legal concerns compared to other business owners. These concerns often involve their relationship with a parent company and their rights as individual locations. Some Tim Hortons franchisees have raised business law concerns over disputes with Restaurant Brands International (RBI). One of the issues is relates to franchise owners in Alberta and Ontario wanting to raise prices to accommodate the provincial minimum wage increases.

Employees raise business law questions for Sears Canada closures

Major changes in the economy have caused multiple retail stores to shut their doors. One of the most high-profile bankruptcies in Alberta has been related to the national closure of Sears Canada. Many employees are coming forward with issues regarding the handling of these proceedings. This raises questions about what is legal for a closing business under provincial and federal business law.

Alberta business law continues to increase minimum wage

There are many laws governing businesses across Canada, including many regarding compensation and treatment of employees. One business law in Alberta was recently affected as the minimum wage increased to $13.60. This is a $1.40 increase compared to the old minimum wage of $12.20. Ontario's minimum wage also saw a 20 cent increase to $11.60. Both provinces are working towards an eventual minimum wage increase to $15 per hour.

How will legal marijuana affect drug-related termination at work?

Many workplaces have policies regarding drug use that may need to be revised when marijuana is legalized. Federal and provincial governments have established some protections regarding discrimination or illegal termination for medical marijuana use. As Alberta residents consider the legalization of recreational pot, it is important that they know their rights in the workplace should they choose to partake.

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