Morneau Shepell released the March 2021 issue of its monthly newsletter, News & Views, in which the company looks at the following topics:
- OSFI revises pension directives to remove temporary COVID-19 related measures – The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has revised its directives for federally regulated pension plans to reverse certain temporary measures that had been introduced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The changes include the cancellation of deadline extensions for annual regulatory filings, and revisions to guidance on portability transfers and annuity purchases.
- BCFSA releases draft information security guideline – The British Columbia Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) has released a draft Information Security Guideline, which sets out principles and best practices that provincially regulated financial institutions are expected to follow in order to mitigate risks related to information security posed by digital and online services.
- Recent cases discuss factors for determining spousal status – Three recent court cases illustrate some of the complexities that can affect the determination of spousal status, including under pension and benefit plans. The cases Climans v. Latner and Turner v. Stabeck Estate discuss factors for determining spousal status for common-law couples, particularly when couples live together intermittently. A third case, Canada (Attorney General) v. Redman, concerns eligibility for a Canada Pension Plan survivor benefit when a common law relationship had separated prior to reuniting shortly before death.
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