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Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

Common social media traps for law firms | Kim McLaughlin

I often hear the refrain “social media doesn’t work for lawyers” or “we tried it in 2016 and it didn’t do anything for us.” Law firms often have a tough time with social media, and it comes down to four common traps that lead to underwhelming results. Here they are. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

How to detect and deter cannabis use in the workplace guyatdeskwipingeyes_sm.jpg

Since the federal government’s legalization of recreational cannabis, set for October 2018, employers, employees and just about everyone have been concerned with the way that the heavily used drug will be regulated in the workplace. And the solution: implementation of a “smoke-free” environment and the reinforcement of an employer’s duty to keep a safe workplace. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 9:17 AM

B.C. youth advocates calling on provincial government to amend labour laws

As summer begins and young workers head into seasonal work, advocates in British Columbia are calling on the provincial government to change labour laws that allow children as young as 12 to work with little regulatory oversight other than parental consent. First Call: B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition is championing a campaign to bring B.C.’s labour laws in alignment with international conventions, which would bring the work start age up to 16. ... [read more]

Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 9:12 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Fundamental freedoms - Freedom of expression

Application by Hamilton for a declaration that the Ambulance Services Bargaining Act violated s. 2(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter). ... [read more]

Thursday, July 05, 2018 @ 2:59 PM

Connection must be made between work fitness tests, ability to do job, lawyers say Crystal_Norbeck_sm

Employers must demonstrate a “rational” and “necessary” connection between physical fitness tests given to employees and the work being done, say lawyers following an appeal decision finding discrimination against woodland firefighters. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 05, 2018 @ 12:21 PM

Up in smoke: Preparing for the presence of marijuana in the workplace 2mentossingbomb.jpg

Bill C-45, the government’s marijuana legalization bill, was passed in a historic Senate vote (52-29) on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, resulting in subsequent confirmation from Prime Minister Trudeau that marijuana products will be legally consumable across Canada starting on Oct. 17, 2018. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 05, 2018 @ 8:44 AM

WRONGFUL DISMISSAL - Constructive dismissal - Change to job content or status

Appeal by the employer, Ocean Nutrition, from a wrongful dismissal judgment and award in favour of the employee, Matthews. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 2:28 PM

Sunrise Propane explosion highlights importance of due diligence gastruck_sm.jpg

The Sunrise Propane explosion in 2008 serves as a stark reminder of the importance of due diligence when conducting business operations that are inherently dangerous to human health and the environment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 1:23 PM

McIntyre Powder: Compensation in cases of human experimentation 3minerssilhouette_sm.jpg

In response to World War II-era human experimentation atrocities, the Nuremberg Code restated the essential requirements for the legitimate, ethical conduct of experiments involving human clinical subjects. The first and most critical element is the voluntary, fully informed consent of the human subject, in the absence of coercion, duress, force or deceit. The human subject must also be free to withdraw from participation in the experiment at any time. These ethical principles were not followed during a human experiment involving tens of thousands of miners and factory workers in a compulsory aluminum dust inhalation program that spanned nearly four decades in Canada and internationally. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 1:01 PM - Last Updated: Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 12:17 PM

Tough road ahead for company fighting job program’s attestation of Charter rights, scholar says Beverley Baines

An uphill battle likely lies ahead for an Ontario concrete company hauling Canada’s government to court over having to attest to women’s abortion rights before taking part in a summer jobs program. This is the view of at least one legal mind following an application filed to the Federal Court by Sarnia Concrete Products Ltd., alleging its Charter rights were violated when its application was turned down for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) — a federal program giving employers wage subsidies to hire secondary and post-secondary students. ... [read more]