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Who's the Boss? An Analysis of the Changing Workplaces Review: Special Advisors' Interim Report

  • 05 décembre 2016

In July 2016, special advisors leading the review of the Labour Relations Act (Ontario) and Employment Standards Act (Ontario) released an interim report, titled "Changing Workplaces Review: Special Advisors’ Interim Report". This article provides an overview of the salient aspects of the Report, with a particular focus on how the proposed amendments stand to impact the franchise industry.

Droit des franchises

Counting Calories: Calorie Disclosure Requirements Coming to Ontario Restaurant Menus in 2017

  • 11 octobre 2016
  • Laura Weinrib, Pei Li and David Shaw

As of January 1, 2017, the Healthy Menu Choices Act will require food service chains with 20 or more locations in Ontario to disclose calorie information for most standard food and drink items on menus, labels, tags and signage. This article provides an overview of the various disclosure obligations imposed by the Act and discusses the Act's application to, and impact on, franchisors in the food service industry.

Droit des franchises

Non-competes in the Franchise Context: How to determine enforceability?

  • 11 avril 2016
  • Jennifer Pocock

Franchise agreements often contain non-competition provisions or other restrictive covenants to prevent departing franchisees from using the knowledge and expertise gained during the term of their agreements to compete against the franchisor once the relationship is over. However, depending on the facts of each case and the specific terms in the franchise agreement, these non-competes may not be enforceable.

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Franchisor Disclosure Obligations When a Franchisee Resells its Franchise

  • 23 septembre 2015
  • Jonathan Mesiano-Crookston and Andrea Wong

While many franchisors are aware that they have disclosure obligations when granting a franchise to a prospective franchisee, many forget that they have the same disclosure obligations where a franchisee is selling their franchise to another franchisee.

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Non-Application of the Arthur Wishart Act

  • 16 juillet 2015
  • Chuck Merovitz and Yasmin Vinograd

The Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 3 (“AWA”) came into force on December 15, 2009. The AWA provides certain inalterable rights and duties in the relationship between a franchisor and franchisee. These duties have been the subject of considerable litigation. However, there has been little discussion around the circumstances in which the AWA will not apply.

Droit des franchises

Severance in the Franchise World: The Cora Restaurants Decision

  • 07 juillet 2015
  • Tanya Walker and Andrew Ostrom

In 2176693 Ontario Ltd. v. Cora Franchise Group Inc., the Ontario Court of Appeal addressed the issues of the enforceability of a franchise agreement clause which purported to require the franchisee to provide a general release to the franchisor and the application of the doctrine of severability in the context of the Arthur Wishart Act (“AWA”).

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An Expansion of the Common Law Duty of Good Faith – The Duty of Honest Performance. The Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Bhasin v. Hrynew

  • 26 novembre 2014
  • David Kornhauser

The decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Bhasin v. Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71, which was released on November 13, 2014, deals with the common law duty to perform contracts honestly. It also provides a thorough and reasoned examination of the development of the good faith principle in Anglo-Canadian contract law and will likely be seen as a seminal decision in this area.

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