Lessons from the Ottawa Rapidz Case: Contracts that Help and Contracts that Don’t

Introduction An interesting sport case has been playing itself out in the Supreme Court of Canada. The case highlights the importance of seemingly … [Read more...]

Avoiding Uncertainty in Policies and Contracts

We know ... writing and reading policy documents and contracts can be boring and tedious. I can attest to this as I have spent the last several months … [Read more...]

Determining Notice Periods: Length of Service is Only ONE Consideration

We are often asked to help sport organizations determine appropriate notice periods where employees are being released without cause. This can be a … [Read more...]

Taking the Lead: Strategies and Solutions for Female Coaches

Hilary Findlay recently wrote a chapter on contracts for coaches in an edited book about women in sport called “Taking the Lead: Strategies and … [Read more...]

Employee or Contractor? A New Perspective

The recent Ontario court decision of McKee v Reids Heritage Homes Ltd (RHH) has created yet another installment of the already confusing definition … [Read more...]

Procedural Fairness in Sport – The Flip Side of the Risk Management Coin

Question: My son is active in club sports. He would like to switch to a different team to join his friends, but a representative of the league says … [Read more...]

Case Law Comment – Ceccol v. Ontario Gymnastics Federation (1999)

A fundamental principle in employment law is that when terminating a contract without cause, an employer must give reasonable notice. This principle … [Read more...]

So you want to be a contractor?

by Rachel Corbett. Most working relationships in sport organizations are relationships of employment, governed by employment standards legislation. … [Read more...]

Workplace Law Quiz!

Are you up to speed on employment law issues in your workplace?  Take this quiz to test your knowledge! 1.        An employment contract for an … [Read more...]

Increased Commercialization of Athletics Requires Sophisticated Athlete Agreements

From an international sport perspective, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games are just around the corner. These imminent Games will have an … [Read more...]

A New View of Athlete Agreements

In a recent issue of the newsmagazine The Lawyer's Weekly, we wrote about the changing landscape of sport as we move rapidly toward the 2010 Olympics … [Read more...]

Case Law Comment: McKay v. Flin Flon Junior Bomber Hockey Club, Inc. (1999) Man. QB

Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our … [Read more...]

Case Comment: Michaud v. Grand Falls Golf Club (1990) 50 CCLI 264 (NBCA)

Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our … [Read more...]

Coaching Contracts – Do You Know What Yours Says?

It doesn’t matter whether you are a volunteer coach or a paid coach, or whether, as a paid coach, you are an employee of a sport organization or an … [Read more...]

A Guide to Employment Contracts for Coaches

This handbook is written for the paid coach who works part-time or full-time in a coaching position for a sport organization, club, educational … [Read more...]

Case Comment: Pritchard v. Ontario Human Rights Commission, Ontario Divisional Court (1999)

Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our … [Read more...]

Job Descriptions

A coach is a coach. Right? Wrong. We often think of coaching as a single job. But in fact, there are many different tasks that can go into the job of … [Read more...]

Case Comment: Szecket v. Huang (1998) Ontario Court of Appeal

Court decisions are a critical source of information about the proper interpretation of the laws and rules that govern so many of our actions. Our … [Read more...]

Waivers – A How-To Guide

Waivers of liability are commonplace in sport, fitness and outdoor programs. Most active people have at one time or another signed a waiver. Most … [Read more...]

Employment Contracts for Coaches

In the Fall 1996 issue we made general comments relating to contracts. In this issue we will focus on employment contracts for coaches. The Canadian … [Read more...]

Some Basics on Contracts

Sport associations are using contracts more and more frequently, not only in business affairs but also in areas of employment and programming. For … [Read more...]

Waivers – A Risk Management Technique

In the last issue we explained how contributory negligence was one defense against liability for negligence. "Waiver of liability agreements" … [Read more...]

The Legal Implications of Employment Status

In the last issue of Coaches Report, the Business Bulletin column carried an item by Ian Hendry about the implications of self-employment for coaches. … [Read more...]

Using Waivers in University Programs and Facilities

Waivers of liability are commonplace in sport, fitness and outdoor programs. Most active people have at one time or another signed a waiver. Most … [Read more...]