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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 1:53 PM

Three C’s of immigration: Trump’s loss Canada’s gain three_checks_sm

On June 22, 2020, Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation (Proclamation 10052) that suspended the entry of foreign nationals on H-1B, L, H-2B and J temporary visas until at least Dec. 31, 2020. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 8:27 AM

Navigating the modern courtroom: Embracing the change | Karen Heath

The incessant tap-tapping of an enthusiastic typist is part of the steady thrum of courtroom din that you become accustomed to during a lengthy matter. The feverish note taking of a second chair grasping on to each uttered word from the witness is often punctuated by the distinctive tap of the enter key. A new line, a break in thought, nary a breath taken by the witness; and the melody resumes. For opposing counsel (and maybe even co-counsel) it is likely a nuisance. Depending on the real estate of the courtroom, it may border on intrusive. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 3:22 PM

Feds launch updated emergency wage subsidy calculator

The federal government has revealed an updated Canada emergency wage subsidy (CEWS) online calculator to help employers prepare to apply for the next period of the program. The updated calculator, which was launched Aug. 11, can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)’s CEWS web page and includes information to help employers understand how the CEWS can support their employees and operations, who is eligible to apply and how claim periods are structured. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 2:16 PM

COVID-19: Duty to accommodate workers with immunocompromised family Group of workers one in a wheelchair

Both employers and employees have been affected by the pandemic on an unprecedented scale. Federal, provincial and territorial governments have placed demands and restrictions on industries and individuals alike. In Ontario, for example, the government released the list of essential workplaces on March 23, 2020, which was revised at a later date. This decision classified our workforce into four categories: (1) essential workers remaining at work, (2) non-essential workers who had to temporarily leave their at-risk workplaces and (3) precariously employed or gig workers — soon or instantly becoming unemployed, and (4) the already unemployed, receiving employment insurance benefits and looking for work. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 12:26 PM

You’re being headhunted by a legal recruiter. Now what? | Rahul Parmar

Imagine this: you are in your second year as a corporate lawyer at a leading law firm. You have just completed your performance review as an associate lawyer for a large law firm. You are exhausted but you have again surpassed the required 1,800 billable hours and were told by the partners that you are a huge asset to the team. Of course, this was at the cost of seeing your friends and family and losing sleep to sit through conference call after conference call late at night about a deal you did not think would ever go through. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Ottawa temporarily sets minimum unemployment rate for EI benefits

The federal government has set a minimum unemployment rate for employment insurance (EI) as it begins the transition away from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program. Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough announced, effective Aug. 9, a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1 per cent will be applied temporarily to all EI economic regions across Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

Fifty shades of compliance: Automating privacy impact assessments automated_privacy_assessment_sm

What we consider to be private is subjective and contextual. Our views on privacy vary depending on the nuances of the culture, values and technology our personal data is handled within. This is why privacy does not always fit within the black and white letter of the law. Rather, privacy is a myriad of shades of grey. What further adds to the complexity of privacy is our fluctuating level of trust with companies that collect, use and disclose our personal information. ... [read more]

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 1:41 PM

Suspended services: U.S. Embassy and consulates during pandemic U.S._embassy_sm

The pandemic brought on by COVID-19 has changed much of the way the U.S. government responds to requests and applications. This is very true at the U.S. Department of State’s diplomatic posts (embassy and consulates) in Canada. This article will report on the suspension of U.S. services in Canada for non-immigrant visa applicants — specifically for E visa applicants, immigrant visa applicants and for those who are seeking U.S. citizenship services. ... [read more]

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 1:27 PM

Why so few Black partners in Canada’s top law firms? | Ryan Watkins

The highest echelons of the top law firms in Canada have a diversity problem. Only one per cent of the partners at the top 40 law firms are Black. Simply put, the largest firms in the country are failing to hire and promote Black lawyers. ... [read more]

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

Windsor-Essex allowed to enter stage 3 of reopening Aug. 12

Windsor-Essex, the only region of Ontario not yet in stage 3, has been given the go-ahead to enter the next phase of reopening on Aug. 12. As the number of COVID-19 cases in the province rose above 100 for the first time in a week Aug. 10, Premier Doug Ford announced that the chief medical officer of health and the local medical officer of health have determined that Windsor-Essex is ready to move into stage 3. ... [read more]