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British Columbia's New Pension Benefits Standards Act - Key Changes

British Columbia’s new Pension Benefits Standards Act (the “PBSA” or the “Act”) received Royal Assent on May 31, 2012. While this new Act will eventually repeal and replace the existing PBSA, it will not come into force until the underlying regulations are developed and finalized, likely in 2013 or later. As the new Act is the final product of the November 2008 Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards (“JEPPS”) report and subsequent work by the B.C. and Alberta governments, it is anticipated that Alberta will introduce a substantially identical bill later this year.

Labour & Employment Bulletin

The following articles can be found in this bulletin:

* Welcome Chris Beneteau
* Federal Employee Disabled by Work Related Injury Protected Indefinitely
* Refusal to Return to Work Constitutes Just Cause
* Injunction Not Granted for Breach of Non-Solicitation Clause
* Refusal to Bargain Monetary Issues Constitutes Bargaining in Bad Faith

The Secrets to Successful Pro-Bono Programs

Will Roberts has written "The Secrets to Successful Pro-Bono Programs" for the October 2012  issue of CBA BarTalk.

Cross Canada Legal Panel: Legal Update and British Columbia Perspective on Equity

This paper provides a legal update and compares the availability and practical implications of “equity” in the appeal process across Canadian taxing jurisdictions.

Lawson Lundell LLP voted the #1 regional law firm in Western and Northern Canada

Lawson Lundell is honoured by this second consecutive #1 regional law firm ranking which would not have been possible without the loyalty and confidence of our clients.

Canadian Law of Defamation And The John Furlong Allegations

Marko Vesely's article "Canadian Law of Defamation And The John Furlong Allegations" was published on The Huffington Post site on October 1, 2012.

Stephen G. Coughlan & Laura Peach, “Keeping Primary Goals Primary: Why there is No Right to an Adequate Investigation” (2012) 16. Can. Crim. L. Rev. 247. 01.9.12
Chris Baldwin named Mining Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers

Chris Baldwin has been named Best Lawyers Mining Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013.

Chris Sanderson, QC named Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers

Chris Sanderson, QC has been named Best Lawyers Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013.

Jeff Christian named Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers

Jeff Christian has been named Best Lawyers Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013.

Murray Campbell named Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers

Murray Campbell has been named Best Lawyers Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013.

Reinhold Krahn named Tax Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers

Reinhold Krahn has been named Best Lawyers Tax Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013.

Lawson Lundell remembers David J. Smith

We are saddened to mark the death of our former partner David Smith on August 9, 2012. David was a superb lawyer, partner and colleague, and Lawson Lundell was fortunate to have him spend the entire 47 years of his private practice career with our firm.

Extra-jurisdictional Legal Process Outsourcers: ‘The Wave of the Present’

Governments, regulators, courts and consumer groups, alike, have advocated for greater ‘access to justice’ and more cost efficient legal services. For example, some legal regulators in Canada, at least, have taken steps to broaden the roles of paralegals and articled students, on the implied assumption that their services will be more affordable, in addition, possibly, to expanding legal services in less-populated areas.

Energy Law Bulletin: The Role of Emergency Preparedness in “Good Oilfield Practice"

Of necessity, what constitutes “good oilfield practice” for oil and gas operators constantly evolves to reflect changing economic conditions, technological advances, regulatory amendments and Court decisions. A prudent operator must be cognizant of this landscape and be ready to adapt and respond in order to limit its own losses, as well as its potential liability to its working interest partners under standard operating arrangements.

Energy Law Bulletin: Operator Liability for Administrative “Gross Negligence”

In the balancing of interests between operators and non-operators in co-owned Canadian oil and gas properties, the allocation of risk that has evolved under common industry agreements purports to hold an operator liable to its non-operators only in respect of those acts or omissions that rise to the level of “gross negligence or wilful misconduct”.  This narrow basis for operator liability is consistent with the underlying premise that a co-owner consents to undertake the role of operator on a mere cost-recovery basis, and not as a third party “for profit” asset manager or service provider. In the ordinary course, any one of several competent joint-owners could potentially fill the role of operator, and once appointed the operator is always subject to removal and replacement by the other non-operators.

Flexibility Key to Revised Pensions Benefits Standards Act

Employers and employees in B.C. will soon benefit from a long-awaited and wide-ranging overhaul to the Pensions Benefits Standards Act (PBSA).

Energy Law Bulletin: Interpreting the ERCB’s “Hydraulic Fracturing” Bulletin

On January 23, 2012 Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) issued Bulletin 2012-02 entitled Hydraulic Fracturing: Interwellbore Communication between Energy Wells to provide guidance to operators using hydraulic fracturing in horizontal wells. The ERCB confirmed its expectation that operators maintain well control at all times so as not to impact the environment, public safety, or resource recovery, and to prevent adverse effects on offsetting wellbores. Industry was also reminded of its obligation to plan safe and effective hydraulic fracturing operations.

Facebook Defamation Case Heard by the Supreme Court of Canada

Toby Kruger has written "Facebook Defamation Case Heard by the Supreme Court of Canada" for the Western Canada Business Litigation Blog.

Vancouver Lawyers Represent Canada at the World Cup of Football for Lawyers

A team of Vancouver lawyers is heading up Canada’s best hope for gold at MUNDIAVOCAT; the Football World Cup for Lawyers, which takes place from  June 1 to 10, 2012 in Rovinj, Croatia. This year the tournament will bring together over 1,500 lawyers from 70 teams representing five continents and over 30 countries.