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Enhance your employees’ well-being with portable benefits tailored exclusively for the open-shop construction industry and its partners.
Sharpen your skills and stay competitive at Merit College of Construction. High-quality education and scholarships that encourage a skilled, competitive and robust construction workforce.
As provincial policies continue to shift, we stand firm in our mission to elevate Alberta’s open shop construction industry. Our mission is to develop a regulatory and business environment that not only supports open shop principles, but a spirit of open and transparency in the construction industry as well.
Alberta Class Actions in the COVID Era
The COVID-19 pandemic has created severe challenges for countless individuals and businesses alike. Many of these challenges are significant, widespread and have been devastating, economically and otherwise. These challenges have spawned COVID-19 related class actions and it is likely that many more such actions will follow in the months to come. COVID-19 related class actions can possibly threaten the existence of your business or the business of your clients and insureds. Please join Don Dear, Q.C. and Don McGarvey, Q.C. for a webinar on Alberta Class Actions in the COVID Era and how to effectively defend them.
Topics they will explore include:
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM (MST)
Date: June 18, 2020
Updated: COVID-19 Federal Economic Relief Measures
Updated as of May 25th, our comprehensive article covering the support measures announced by the Federal Government that we believe will be most relevant to our clients.
Alberta Energy Regulator Suspends Environmental Monitoring Due to COVID-19
On May 20, 2020, the Alberta Energy Regulator (“AER”) announced sweeping temporary suspensions to environmental monitoring requirements across Alberta’s energy industry. The suspensions are a follow-up to the Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister of Energy’s earlier suspensions to certain environmental reporting requirements.
ABTraceTogether: Contact Tracing App in the Workplace
The Alberta government recently released its mobile contact tracing app (“ABTraceTogether”) which is intended to assist with determining whether a user has been exposed to COVID-19 and with locating others who have been exposed to a user who contracts COVID-19. The app uses a smartphone’s Bluetooth to keep an anonymous log of other app users with whom the infected individual has been in close contact (defined as within approximately 2 meters).
Alberta Moves Forward with Relaunch Efforts
On May 14, 2020, Alberta implemented the first stage of the province’s three-stage relaunch strategy, allowing some businesses to reopen and resume operation. However, the Government of Alberta announced that, under the first stage, businesses operating in Calgary and Brooks will be subject to a separate, staggered relaunch.
On May 25, 2020, businesses in Calgary and Brooks covered by Stage 2 of the staggered relaunch are able to reopen and resume operations.
Legally Speaking: A COVID-19 Blog – McLennan Ross Regular Updates
Your regular rundown of the latest government mandates related to COVID-19, what we anticipate in the next few days, and our advice for how to navigate these changes.
A Wrench in the Ability to Witness Wills Remotely
Alberta’s Justice Minister proclaimed Ministerial Order 39/2020 on May 15, 2020, which permitted the remote witnessing of Wills. However, as the Wills and Estates Bar has started putting the remote witnessing of Wills into practice, it was discovered that the M.O. has one serious deficiency: it does not specifically authorize the signing of Wills in counterpart.
On Wednesday, the Alberta Government tabled Bill 7, the Responsible Energy Development Amendment Act, (“Act”). If passed, the Act would allow Cabinet to specify time limits for the review and approval of energy projects by the Alberta Energy Regulator. Bill 7 is intended to provide project proponents and other applicants with greater certainty as to approval timelines.
Being entrusted to be an Executor is an honour – it means that the deceased believes that you are the best suited person to manage and care for their estate. However, the position also comes with legal responsibilities and liabilities. The “job” of an Executor can last from a year or more, with or without contentious beneficiaries.
Budget 2018 announced, and Budget 2019 confirmed, that trust reporting requirements are changing in 2021. While it may have felt far away at the time, 2021 is now almost upon us. If they have not already, it is time for trustees to start thinking about the implications of these changes. They need to ask themselves, are the benefits of a trust worth the effort and risks?