Monthly Archives: February 2018

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Triggers to update your will: family changes

This is Part 2 of a three-part series where Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi talks about the life events that should trigger a review of your will. In this instalment, she explores changes in family life situations that should spur you to update your will.

One of the most important times to update estate planning is when there has been a change in family life or relationships, says Toronto estates lawyer Mary Wahbi.

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Why Jean Rony matters? “Near Bahamian” – “Dreamer”=” what’s the difference?

We have seen the sad unfolding drama of Jean Rony vs. the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is a sad story with no real winners. Rony was brought to and born in a country, by no act or omission of his own, by parents who were desperate to escape the dire poverty of Haiti. Years later he finds himself returned to the Bahamas and detained again for an offence he did not commit…being born and reared in a country in which he has grown; a country which was not the home of his forebears. The offence is not known to Bahamian Law but it is a serious offence nonetheless. It carries with it the burdens of too many decades, the indifference of too many politicians and the growing indignation of perhaps thousands of “near Bahamians” who sit idly by dreaming of a day on which the family of those who fashion themselves as full citizens of the Bahamas will become regularised.

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Nine years in the making: a review of the WA workers’ compensation legislation

On 15 February 2018, a media statement was released by The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, on behalf of the McGowan Government, advising that a Bill to ‘modernise’ workers’ compensation will be drafted and introduced into Parliament.

 

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2017 WA insurance in review

2017 WA insurance in review

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RSS takes part in the Triathlon for Sainte-Justine

February 19, 2018 — The Winter Triathlon of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation took place last Friday, at Maisonneuve Park. RSS was present, with a team comprised of Yves Cousineau, leader, and Pierre Bazinet, Benoît Chartier and Frédéric Savard-Scott.

The cause for the 2018 edition of this event was the health of children and mothers-to-be. The event was a success, raising over $600,000, more than $50,000 above the objective.

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Case law

Commissioner of Taxation v Miley [2017] FCA 1396

This AAT case concerned whether the Taxpayer satisfied the $6m maximum net asset value (MNAV) test in section 152-15 of the ITAA 1997. The Taxpayer was one of 3 equal shareholders in a private company, who entered into an agreement to sell their shares to an arm’s length purchaser for a total of $17.7m. Each shareholder received $5.9m. The Taxpayer claimed the general 50% discount as well as a 50% reduction under the small business CGT concessions.

 

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The Constitutional Court has restricted protection of trademark holders against parallel importers

On February 13, 2018, the Russian Constitutional Court issued the Ruling in which it checked validity of the regime of parallel import and related legal remedies.
The constitutional review was initiated by the company PAG, a notorious importer of labeled medicine goods into Russia. Having acquired of importation of its branded goods without any consent, Sony addressed the customs post with a request to suspend importation of PAG’s goods. Afterwards, grey goods were arrested by the Kaliningrad Arbitrazh Court based on Sony’s injunction request. The Kaliningrad Arbitrazh Court ignored PAG’s arguments that goods were original and satisfied the claims: goods were banned for importation, confiscated and destroyed. The court also made the respondent compensate Sony 100,000 rubles for the infringement.
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Ivanka and Rubio Partner On Paid Family Leave Proposal

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and first daughter Ivanka Trump have teamed up to develop a paid parental leave program in the United States.  While the plan is in its infancy, Senator Rubio reportedly envisions a plan similar to a proposal from the Independent Women’s Forum, calling for a parental leave program funded by new parents’ future Social Security benefits.  Under that proposal, parents could receive up to 12 weeks of benefits to take paid leave at any time in the first year of their new child’s life in exchange for what the Independent Women’s Forum hopes would be six weeks of Social Security benefits in the future.

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OFCCP Issues Advance Notice to Federal Contractors of Potential Audit

The United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) recently sent 1,000 Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (“CSALs”) to 515 federal government contractors. The CSALs provide advance notice that contractor establishments may be audited by the OFCCP during the scheduling cycle, which ends September 30, 2018, to ensure compliance with the contractors’ non-discrimination/affirmative action obligations.

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White House 2019 Budget and White Paper Shape Ambitious Policy to Reduce Drug Prices

Over the past week, the White House administration (the “Administration”) has issued two documents addressing drug pricing. First, on February 9, 2018, the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers released a white paper titled “Reforming Biopharmaceutical Pricing at Home and Abroad” (the “White Paper”).  Second, on February 12, 2018, the Administration issued its 2019 Budget Proposal (“2019 Budget”).

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