Small Claims: Upcoming Increase of the Ceiling to $15,000

On September 30, 2104, the Minister of Justice introduced Bill n°14: An Act to amend the Code of Civil Procedure and other provisions seeking principally to increase the ceiling of the jurisdiction of the Small Claims Division of the Court of Quebec from $7,000 to $15,000, and diminishing accordingly the jurisdiction of the Court of Quebec.

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Public Contracts: the Latest Developments Regarding AMF Authorization

The Integrity in Public Contracts Act, assented to by the Quebec legislature on December 7, 2012, amended, inter alia, the Act respecting contracting by public bodies so that authorization from Quebec’s financial markets regulator, the Autorité des marchés financiers (the “AMF”), must now be obtained by any business enterprise seeking to enter into a public contract or subcontract, for an amount determined by the government. Such authorization effectively certifies that the enterprise in question satisfies the high standards of integrity that the public has the right to expect from them. These new provisions apply to the entire public sector, including Crown corporations and municipalities.

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An Employer Can File a Counterclaim Against an Employee in an Action Brought by the Labour Standards Commission on the Employee’s Behalf

In the matter of Commission des normes du travail v. Compagnie d’assurances Standard Life du Canada, the Court of Québec had to decide whether an employer could file a counterclaim against an employee in proceedings in which Quebec’s Labour Standards Commission (the “Commission”) was suing the employer on behalf of the employee. It should be noted that the majority of the Court’ of Québec’s previous decisions were to the effect that it could not, despite the fact that the Court of Appeal had previously suggested that an employer could do so.

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