June 19, 2019 — Last Saturday, despite the gloomy weather and the threat of rain, the RSS team once again took part in the Défi Entreprises Montréal, walking or jogging over the 5- and 10-km courses.
This event raised funds to help Little Brothers, an organization providing support to lonely elders, alleviating their isolation.
The RSS team, comprised of Katherine Delage, Jennifer Hansen, Frédéric Savard-Scott, Hugo Bachand-Brunet, Stéphanie Beauchamp, Alice Bourgault-Roy, Patricia Baram, Marika Douville et Jeanine Guindi, along with clients, thus pushing its limits while making a commitment to be there next year!
June 11, 2019 — Television production requires numerous workers, in different trades, whose services can be required for a few hours or several weeks. In all this diversity, what criteria will help decide which workers are insurable under paragraph 5(1)(a) of the Employment Insurance Act?
Such was the question that was recently answered by the Tax Court of Canada in MWW Enterprises Inc. v. M.N.R., 2019 TCC 127. Hearing appeals of decisions from the Canada Revenue Agency, the Court focused on the characterization of the workers’ contractual relationship.
||The respondent [the Minister of National Revenue] refers only to the applicable provisions of the Civil Code of Québec (CCQ) with respect to the definition of a contract of employment (art. 2085 CCQ) and a contract of enterprise or for services (art. 2098 and 2099 CCQ). The appellant [MWW Enterprises Inc., represented by RSS] adds that the issue must be analyzed within the Quebec socio-legal context, which includes not only the CCQ but also specific legislation and the agreements described above that govern the relationships between producers and artists. [para 12]
After a substantial analysis, the Court recognized the validity of the position help by the appellant, represented by Julie Forest, and the qualification of the contractual relation by the parties.
June 11, 2019 — RSS is pleased to announce that Julie Mekhael recently joined the firm’s Insurance Law Practice Group, where she assists with the analysis of cases and with researching and drafting of proceedings, written arguments and legal opinions. Julie holds degrees in civil law and common law.
Once more, our recruitment efforts, based on the stimulating and enjoyable work climate that we cultivate, are most successful.
June 11, 2019 — The International Lawyers Network announced the release of the latest edition of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know, a compilation of brief descriptions of the rules on sexual harassment at work in some 20 jurisdictions. Theodore Goloff wrote the paper on Quebec legislation.
The complete compilation can be downloaded at no cost from the ILN’s Website.
May 27, 2019 — The still recent legalization of the recreational use of cannabis carries with it consequences on product liability, civil liability and, thereby, on home and auto insurance.
Benoît Chartier recently spoke on this topic before Quebec’s Chambre de l’assurance de dommages (CHAD), a talk that was accredited as a continuing education activity.
May 6, 2019 — Understandably, the capacity to communicate is part and parcel of a good lawyer’s skills. Marc-Olivier Brouillette frequently demonstrates this ability before the courts.
But this former player of the Alouettes, Montréal’s Canadian Football League team, will also be using his eloquence as a game analyst for radio coverage of the team’s games in 2019. He will therefore be heard on the Montréal station TSN 690, where he recently gave a highly impressive first interview.
April 26, 2019 — Three new lawyers joined the firm during the month of March:
- Sara Laraichi, a litigator with experience with civil and commercial litigation;
- Janie Gauthier, who is part of our Family Law Practice Group; and
- Eliab Taïrou, whose practise focuses on labour and employment law.
April 23, 2019 — William Dion-Bernard, a notary in our Estates, Wills and Trusts Practice Group, was recently appointed on the Board of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec Branch for a second consecutive mandate. With some 2,200 members, this branch is the Quebec division of the largest professional association for legal advisers in the country.
April 2, 2019 — Etienne Gabrysz-Forget, who recently joined our firm, is co-chair of the Administrative and Constitutional Law and Human Rights Section of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec Branch. In this capacity, he is an organizer of an upcoming luncheon conference on “La doctrine Shawcross et les principes constitutionnels entourant l’affaire SNC-Lavalin”, taking place on Friday, April 5, in Montréal.