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Businesses Helping the Community

MDK's 10 Networking Tips

Launching a New Website

Launching a New Website
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."- Friedrich Nietzsche
At MDK Business Law, our clients and business colleagues have noticed our metamorphosis over the past few months to a downtown law firm.Along with our fresh client-friendly offices, new hires and greater investment in technology-supported legal services, we wanted to renew the look and feel of our website.We chose to build the site on PageCloud’s platform, as we’ve always had great customer support from them in the past.
Why embark on this daunting exercise?We were inspired by a podcast on Lawyerist (https://lawyerist.com/podcast-171-karin-conroy/_ that reinforced the message that our website must contain clear, concise and useful information for you.Our website is also a central location from which we can provide the public with more timely access to general legal information via our Twitter and LinkedIn updates and posts.
It took several iterations, consultations, the need to over…

MDK 3.0 Video Series:

Here is Where the Videos From the MDK 3.0 Series Can be Accessed

Watch the Real Strategy video here: https://youtu.be/DaqLJzjoQPU
Watch the Quantum Cyber Defence video here: https://youtu.be/KKnqHjmslQ4


Watch the Wicket Inc. video here: https://youtu.be/cGsU3mz6kyU



The Tech Industry in Canada

The Tech Industry in Ontario


Canadian technology companies are known worldwide for cutting edge innovation. Growing at a fast pace, there are big opportunities to partner with some of these hidden gems: 
iBIONICS http://ibionics.ca/

iBIONICS is an Ottawa based tech company that works on aids for the blind community, providing them with the solution that brings them sight. They state that they are doing for blind people what Chochlear is doing for deaf people. They do this by providing a solution that is a bionic retina, the Diamond Eye. They solve the issue of converting light to electric pulses with their product. They saw a problem that needed to be solved with over 200 million people dealing with blindness as a result of Age-Related Macular Degeneration or Retinitis Pigmentosa.
inBay Technologies  https://www.inbaytech.com/

inBay Technologies Inc. delivers a convenient, safe and secure access to enterprise services and applications. The company's idQ®Enterprise is a unique and inn…

GDPR

The GDPR is likely to impact smaller companies in the overall scheme. People unaware o this new legislation will potentially be fined with it is enforced next year. 
Here is a list of things that the new legislation will do and change for Canadian businesses and what should be considered as a Canadian business owner or employee:
First and foremost it should be known that the restrictions and requirements in the GDPR are similar to those in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act in Canada and therefore will be an easier adjustment. The adjustments to look for are:
        - Being sure to review consent forms         - Reviewing contracts         - Ensuring the GDPR requirements for a company's Chief Privacy Officer are being met         - Reviewing privacy and data policies         - Consulting with legal counsel
When the GDPR comes into place, it will apply to companies that have an establishment in the EU or that engage in data processing activities. Th…

Business Benefits of a Downtown Location

The Changing Business World and How to Change With it

Eye On the Prize: Making a plan is one thing, but it is important to stick by it and follow through. Technological tools can be used to foster better communication internally and with your outside advisors. Also, it can help you track in real time your actual progress versus your plan. If your business needs to pivot or you have a brilliant idea for a new or improved product or service, technology can ensure that your whole team including your lawyer and accountant are able to provide feedback quickly especially if you are charting unfamiliar territory. It is perfectly common to feel overwhelmed by all the new technological bells and whistles but continue to remind yourself of what is important and only implement those tools which will help to reach your goal.

Go Digital: One of the most important things to help in success now a day is for a business to have a strong online presence. This is beneficial for a business as it helps get your name out and builds connections. It is the onlin…

Technology and the Olympics

The Olympics have always been a great opportunity for a country to show off all of their new technology, new abilities and just themselves as a nation. This is still the case to this day and age with this year’s 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Athletes and viewers alike will be suiting up differently this time around.
VR Athletes can now train with the aid of Virtual Reality technology. When it comes to ski and snowboard athletes knowing the course is key to being able to perform at the level they’d aim for. The company STRIVR (training and immersive learning using virtual reality) worked with the U.S. ski and snowboard teams for the past two years giving the chance to the athletes to train virtually and create mental markers that they can reference to when competing. STRIVR attached a six-camera video capture rig to a skier to build a 4K, 60 frames per second virtual model for athletes. Even allowing them to change the conditions, by adding fog, snow or rain. It is also possible …

ENHANCED LEGISLATIVE FOCUS ON MISCHARACTERISATION OF EMPLOYEE, DEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR: IS IT TIME TO REVISIT YOUR CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENTS?

In today’s competitive economy, entrepreneurs and employers must pick among a wide range of choices in building a high-caliber talent pool. From adding a permanent or part-time employee to retaining the services of an independent contractor, these decisions are made all the more complex by the multiplication of legislation, protective measures and administrative oversight imposed by several levels of government.
A case in point is the inclusion of a specific prohibition to misclassify an employee as an independent contractor in the new Ontario Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (“the Act”). The Act now clearly puts the burden on the employer to prove that the person is not an employee for the purpose of the Employment Standards Act (Ontario) (“ESA”).  This will likely also become one of the key focus of the 175 new employment investigators being hired by the provincial government.
The new Act does not provide particulars of how to determine who is an employee and who is a contr…

Highlights of the new Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 and what it means for employers and entrepreneurs. Part 1

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 put in place in late 2017 is a far-reaching piece of legislation that makes important amendments to several laws such as the Employment Standard Act (ESA), the Labour Relations Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
While most of the media focus on these changes has been to the increase in minimum wages, there are other changes to the ESA that can have considerable affects to your organization’s internal human resources policies, existing compensation structure and total payroll. The enforceability of some terms and conditions of employment contracts currently in place can also be affected.
A few practical tips for employers and entrepreneurs
Keeping in mind that several of these amendments were coming into force on January 1st, 2018, employers and entrepreneurs may wish to consider the following initiatives to ensure compliance with the new legislation.
·Employers should conduct a review of relevant internal human resources policies a…

Highlights of the new Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 and what it means for employers and entrepreneurs. Part 2

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 put in place in late 2017 is a far-reaching piece of legislation that makes important amendments to several laws such as the Employment Standard Act (ESA), the Labour Relations Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
While most of the media focus on these changes has been to the increase in minimum wages, there are other changes to the ESA that can have considerable effects to your organization’s internal human resources policies, existing compensation structure and total payroll. The enforceability of some terms and conditions of employment contracts currently in place can also be affected.
The new legislation at a glance Increased minimum wage rates: The minimum wage increased by close to 30% over 18months. So, the general minimum rates are rising from $11.60/hour to $14.00/hour as of January 1st 2018. It is then expected to increase to $15.00/hour again on January 1st 2019. Lower minimum wages for other various positions (liquor serv…