Entries by Beacon Law Centre

Covid-19 Employment Law Update

The Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted employers and employees alike. This article explores the rights and obligations of both employers and employees in these circumstances. Termination during self isolation or illness The BC Government has introduced new Covid-19 leave provisions, for employees who: are unable to come to work because they are in quarantine or […]

Contracts, Covid-19, and You

Business disruption is in the air, literally. What does that mean for contracts, especially leases? Like many things, the answer is “it depends”… Force Majeure Many contracts, including commercial leases, have a clause for force majeure.  Whether it is called that or not, its effect is to excuse failure to perform caused by an event […]

The Common Law Right to Protect Waterfront Land from Erosion

Del Elgersma summarizes the recent BC Supreme Court decision in the case of Fonseca vs Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee, which affirms the “ancient common law right” of waterfront owners to protect their land from erosion. BACKGROUND The Fonseca’s are an elderly Burnaby couple (in their ‘80’s), married over 60 years, who have owned waterfront […]

New Data Breach Reporting Rules

Have you ever: lost your mobile phone? had your laptop stolen? misplaced a USB drive? Under new federal rules that took effect last fall, you may be required to report these incidents to the federal privacy commissioner. Reporting is mandatory if the data breach creates a real risk of significant harm to an individual. The […]

Community Involvement – Giving Back

At Beacon Law Centre we believe in giving back to our community and are proud to have contributed to the following causes and programs in 2018: Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation The Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life on the Saanich Peninsula by promoting and increasing responsible, effective and accessible […]

Employee, Independent Contractor, or Somewhere in Between? Beware the “Dependent Contractor”

For most people, the days of retiring with a gold watch after 40 years of service with the same company are long gone. In fact, many reports indicate that Millennials prefer short term or temporary work assignments, perceiving that this provides more freedom and flexibility. It is becoming more common for these “freelance” workers to […]

Federal Tax Proposals are Bad for Business

In July 2017, the federal finance minister announced proposals that would drastically affect the taxation of small business corporations. Income splitting, access to the capital gains exemption, “surplus stripping” and passive corporate income were all targeted. The government has since backed off on the surplus stripping, and the capital gains exemption proposals (for now), but […]

Is Your Business Ready for Sale?

We have helped hundreds of clients with the purchase or sale of a business, and we have seen first had the difference it makes when the business is ready for sale. Fewer delays, a smoother closing, lower legal and accounting costs and sometimes even a higher sale price are some of the benefits for the […]