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Random Drug Testing in the Workplace

Beginning on October 17, 2018, Canadians will be permitted to freely obtain and use cannabis. In order for employers to adopt a random testing policy, they will have to show that there are enhanced safety risks in the particular workplace.

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Registering Your Products on Amazon: Practical Trademark Considerations

In order to better regulate the products sold on its platform and prevent illegal activities, Amazon has set up a trademark registry known as the Amazon Brand Registry.

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Isabelle Ducharme

Senior Director – Global Employee Mobility

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Isabelle Ducharme

514 787-2874

Data breaches: Remember to Notify!

As of November 1 2018, reporting data breaches to Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner (“OPC”) and to the individuals whose data was compromised will be mandatory for organisations subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (“PIPEDA“). Failure to comply can cost up to $100,000.

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CFIUS – Recent Additional Protectionist Measures Making Investments in the United States More Difficult

Are you in the technology sector or infrastructure sector? Do you plan to make any acquisitions in the United States? Do you plan to do business with the US government? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you need to be aware of the changing obligations imposed on new investors by the US government through modifications to CFIUS.

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Céline Tremblay is joining BCF’s intellectual property team!

Previously a member of the Trademarks Opposition Board in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, she is joining our team as Consulting Trademark Agent.

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New rights for employees with respect to leave and authorized absences

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Bill 176, which was adopted by the National Assemblye on June 12 2018, has introduced some major changes to the labour standards, in particular several amendments with respect to leaves and authorized absences.

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BCF welcomes four experienced lawyers to its employment and labor law team

Nicola Di Iorio, Geneviève Beaudin and Mélanie Sauriol join our team of partners.

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The BCF Business Law team ranks again in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada

Twelve of BCF's members are chosen in the annual selection of Best Lawyers in Canada for the excellence of their practice and of the services they provide to their clients.

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Kristian Zimmerman

Partner, Lawyer

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Kristian Zimmerman

514 397-5582

BCF welcomes 5 new lawyers in its team!

We are very proud to train the best of the next generation and welcome them to our team of professionals.

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Municipal By-Laws in the Airbnb Era

Depending on the sectors concerned, as well as supply and demand, it could be financially attractive for developers to allow tenants and/or private unit owners to rent out their space on a short-term basis. It is important to note that since short-term rentals are considered commercial use, municipal taxation will be affected by the fact that the institutions holding a classification certificate will no longer be considered residential and will be taxed accordingly.

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The End of the So-Called "Orphan" Clauses Relating to Pension Plans and Other Employee Benefits

Bill 176, as adopted by the National Assembly, henceforth hinders the application of so-called "orphan" clauses which cause employees hired after a given date to be entitled to a pension plan and/or other employee benefits that are less advantageous compared to that to which employees hired before said date are entitled.

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New obligations for personnel placement agencies and employers who retain their services

Bill 176 adopted on 12 June 2018 notably reinforced the obligations for personnel placement agencies, recruitment agencies for temporary foreign workers as well as for employers who are retaining their services.

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The new deadline for filing a harassment complaint is two years

Among the provisions of Bill 176 is Section 42 which modifies the deadline for filing a complaint of psychological harassment. Applicable since June 12, 2018, the deadline is extended from 90 days to 2 years from the last incidence of the offending behaviour.

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Yves Séguin Joins BCF as a Strategic Advisor

With over 40 years of experience in business, government and institutions, Mr. Séguin is recognized for the extent of his business network and his in-depth understanding of regulatory issues, the machinery of government, and fiscal policy. A well known negotiator, he has participated in many major transactions.

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Are Chinese industrial goods competing against your products in the United States?

As of July 6, 2018, 818 of those products will be subject to a 25% additional tariff. If you are a Canadian industrial products manufacturer exporting to the United States tariff free under North American Free Trade Agreement, perhaps this is a great opportunity to undercut your Chinese competitor.

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International public procurements: interested?

The agreement between Canada and the European Union increases access to new markets

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union establishes new rules and access for Canadian businesses to a public procurement market having an annual value of CA$ 2.7 trillion.

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BCF VENTURES AND THE HOLT FINTECH ACCELERATOR ANNOUNCE VENTURE CAPITAL PARTNERSHIP

With this partnership, BCF Venture’s funding initiative is destined to promote a great trend of investment in pre-seed startups in Canada and allow them to better support the next generation of entrepreneur talents operating in the fintech industry.

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BCF supported Troilus Gold Corp. in the completion of $15,757,216 private placement of flow-through shares

Our partner Marc-André Godard contributed to the success of Troilus Gold Corp’s major transaction. The gross proceeds of the offering are to be used by Troilus to incur Canadian exploration expenses on its Troilus gold and copper project located in Québec.

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Student Summer Work: Does a Lower Salary Constitute Discrimination?

Students hired for the summer period could be entitled to the same hourly rate as the employees they replace, if their work is equivalent. Last month, the Human Rights Tribunal of Quebec ruled in favour of this request. An overview of the serious consequences for employers.

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Aluminum and Steel: Impacts of Canada-US Commercial Relations

What you need to know about recent NAFTA negotiations

The latest changes in Canada-US commercial relations have a significant impact on the aluminum industry. Read the article of our expert to find out more.

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Marie-Josée Aumais

Notary

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Marie-Josée Aumais

514 397-2625

Best Practices for Québec Companies Receiving European Data

As far as adequacy recognition by the European Commission is concerned, Québec companies are caught in a grey zone when transferring their data to another jurisdiction – probably as a result of oversight. Appropriate safeguards must be put in place to avoid unpleasant EU sanctions.

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The challenges of agri-food marketing under CETA

Be careful – some European geographical indications are protected under the Agreement.

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BCF plays a major role in the acquisition of a Québec cannabis producer by Emerald Health Therapeutics

BCF is proud to have represented Emerald Health Therapeutics in its acquisition of Agro-Biotech, a Québec-based cannabis producer.

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Anonymization? Think Again

Caution is advised when considering anonymization to circumvent the rigid data collection, use and communication requirements set out in Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or in Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

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BCF BUSINESS LAW LAUNCHES BCF VENTURES, A SUPER ANGEL FUND INSPIRED BY THE BEST PRACTICES FROM SILICON VALLEY

A FIRST IN MONTRÉAL

The BCF Business Law's partners are pooling their resources to drive the growth of technology startups and create Québec's very first Super Angel Fund.

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