Vaccine mandates by Alberta employers are becoming more prevalent as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. As the COVID-19 vaccine rolled out earlier this year, questions were raised regarding whether or not employers can require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. While employers were within their right to require mandatory vaccination as a condition of employment, especially…

Throughout the COVID pandemic, many parents have relaxed their control over their children’s activities in an attempt to help maintain the mental health of their children by allowing them more online and recreational freedom. It is important to remember that a parent can be found legally responsible for their children’s actions, even when the parent…

The Alberta Government has been reviewing and considering a shift to a “no-fault” auto insurance system, which means, in the case of a vehicle collision, each driver’s insurance company will cover their injuries and damages. The intention of a change to a  “no-fault” system is to expedite the process of vehicle repairs and resolution, however,…

The Court of Queen’s Bench recently issued a Decision in Infiniti Homes Ltd v Gagnon, 2020 ABQB 691. In this Decision, Justice R.A. Graesser answered the question of what “Without Prejudice” on a letter means.   What does the term “without prejudice” mean legally? The Court confirmed that marking something as “without prejudice” is not…

With the COVID-19 vaccines rolling out across Canada, many employees are wondering if their employer can legally require them to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Currently, in Alberta, there is no legislation requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. However, this may change once the vaccine is made more widely available to the public. At this…

Ahlstrom Wright has been selected as The Best Business Law in Sherwood park by Quality Business Awards. This award is offered in recognition of businesses that achieve an average quality score of 95% or greater over the previous 12 months. For more information, visit the Quality Business Awards website.

On February 10, 2021, Adrianne VanderZalm was admitted to the Alberta Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor. Adrianne joined Ahlstrom Wright as an Articling Student in December 2019 and is pleased to continue on with Ahlstrom Wright as their newest lawyer. To know more about Adrianne VanderZalm, view her bio. Photos from Adrianne VanderZalm’s CBA…

The Alberta Government is currently reviewing and making changes to the auto insurance system and considering a shift to a “no-fault system.” Under a no-fault auto insurance system, each driver’s insurer covers all of their respective payouts for damages and injuries, with the intent of expediting the process of repair and resolution. Under a no-fault…

Both employers and employees have individual duties to accommodate each other during unique situations like the current COVID-19 pandemic. For example, employers cannot discriminate against employees who have family status—it could be considered a Human Rights Violation—and employees, with families who are dependent upon them, must still do their best to work with their employer…

New workplace rules were announced by the Alberta government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will remain in effect until the public health emergency subsides. These new rules include changes to temporary layoff durations, notice requirements, and termination. If you’re an employer or recently-terminated employee seeking legal guidance regarding the Alberta Employment Standards Code,…