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Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 12:18 PM

Whose phone is it, anyway? Privacy rights when employees use corporate devices Hands using cellphone and laptop

As businesses have adapted to operating remotely, many have had to provide electronic devices to employees in order to ensure they remain productive. A question that has become more prevalent is what privacy rights an employee has in information stored on corporate-owned electronic devices? ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 10:26 AM

Careless charges call for careful defence Coplight.jpg

Careless driving is the regulatory offence which fits between civil and criminal liability. It overlaps with both areas and gives rise to significant confusion. While criminal law exists to punish morally blameworthy acts and civil law exists to put people back in the position they were before incidents occurred, regulatory matters like careless driving exist to encourage good behaviour and work primarily to increase safety in otherwise risky activities that have useful social benefit. Driving is a highly regulated activity because of the high risks that exist. Regulation leads to predictability and safety.  ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Justice and the pandemic: How Canada ranks Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the second of a three-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 2:05 PM

How to limit recruitment costs post-COVID-19 threemenpushingballs

In part one of this series, I discussed the potential actions your firm may have needed to take to respond to this crisis to ensure the survival of your firm and its legacy. In that same vein, in this column, I will highlight some strategies that you may have taken or should have taken to ensure you keep your people. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 2:02 PM

The reopening: Rundown on franchise system changes system_changes_sm

As businesses start to reopen more fulsome operations, retail franchises may need to implement changes to their premises and sometimes to their systems and even business models. Changes may range from the simple addition of safety fixtures on the premises, to adding new product lines or delivery methods. Franchisees, in turn, may be required to make these changes to their operations, often at a significant cost. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 12:54 PM

Interpreting Ontario’s new employment regulation: O. Reg. 228/20 Tugowar.jpg

On May 29, 2020, the Ontario government somewhat unexpectedly issued O. Reg. 228/20 which limits the liability of employers relative to layoffs and/or constructive dismissal claims that occur during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 10:54 AM

Human versus machine: AI can’t be recognized as inventor, U.S. patent office rules Artificial intelligence

The following article explores the intellectual property debate on artificial intelligence technology. Businesses are not only increasingly integrating artificial intelligence (AI) to maintain their competitive edge, debates concern global technology firms seeking to monetize colossal AI investments. With applications extending from high-end data science and health care to automated customer service, AI is making waves across enterprises. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 7:56 AM

Criminal and immigration laws don’t just intersect, they can collide handcuffs_fingerprints_sm

A criminal record is always a serious matter but for non-citizens of Canada, it has potentially devastating and far-reaching consequences, beyond the term of punishment. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Attention students: Let an open mind be your vocational adviser directionscartoon

The most widely circulated career advice for law students comes down to this: demonstrate an area of interest. It is the advice we get when choosing extracurriculars in our first year. We hear it when we express our concerns to upper year students. It is the response we receive when we lament a dissatisfactory grade to the career office. Demonstrate an area of interest. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 2:41 PM

Tax planning strategies in a market downturn: Loss Two people with calculator

In our last two articles, we discussed tax and estate planning and asset-protection strategies for taking advantage of lower business and asset valuations brought about by COVID-19 and reducing creditor and liability risk, respectively. This week, we will overview certain strategies that can minimize the immediate or eventual tax consequences of this downturn for businesses. ... [read more]