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On May 27, 2019, Alberta’s newly elected United Conservative Party government introduced Bill 2 and approved an Order in Council, making the Employment Standards (Minimum Wage) Amendment Regulation. If passed, Bill 2 will make amendments to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Bill 2 reintroduces a number of provisions that were changed or […]

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its in Policy Statement (PS19/14) on 4 June 2019, outlining new rules for loan based (‘peer-to-peer’) platforms. Why the new rules? The final rules follow on from, and are broadly in line with, the FCA’s proposals in the consultation it launched in July 2018 in CP18/20. The FCA’s aim […]

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