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Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 2:24 PM

Arbitration ‘contort’ in Heller v. Uber: A lesson for contract drafters Construction crane building a handshake

Sometimes we try to overtighten a screw to ensure it is securely in place. Making doubly sure seems like a good idea, but if we go to extremes, the screw will get stripped. The same occurs where contract drafters, in large corporations, go too far when drawing up their online service agreement. Some improvident arbitration agreements in the context of consumer or employment contracts (and even sometimes in commercial settings) resemble a screw which is overtightened and then gets stripped and consequently is found to be unconscionable and invalid by courts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 2:19 PM

Evolving law firm: Team hiring Man and woman in business suits

In a competitive legal market, it usually requires a sweet compensation package to retain and attract the most talented lawyers who can do work — and especially those who can bring in work. This can upset other partners who feel they too deserve more compensation. Any tool that can help lure or retain a lawyer that doesn’t cost money is of high value.     ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 11:06 AM

Cannabis retail franchising: Benefits and limitations, part one Customer in a cannabis store

The recreational cannabis retail market in Ontario is slowly growing with the expansion of the maximum number of permissible retail store authorizations. Does the franchise business model have a useful role in the recreational cannabis retail market? If so, what are some of the limits and unique features that parties to a franchise arrangement in this industry should consider? ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 11:30 AM

The wholehearted lawyer: Choosing value | Derek Anderson

I started law school after eight blissed-out years in South Korea, where I ran a university English program and did some freelance journalism. I was 35 years old. My wife was South Korean, and pregnant with our second son; our first son, born in a suburb of Seoul, was 4.  ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 11:28 AM

U.S. congressman pushes for federal plan to reopen U.S.-Canada border Map of U.S. with scissors cutting COVID-19 tapes

U.S. congressman and co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus Brian Higgins is calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create a plan to reopen the U.S.-Canada border, which has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020. Lawmakers have been pushing for the border to reopen for months now and with the ongoing rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., Higgins believes it is time for action. ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 8:15 AM

Riding herd in emerg Cowgirl riding herd

At some point, most of us have worked on group assignments as part of a class, course or program. The idea is to have people work collaboratively, and the outcome is that each team member earns the same grade for the final product. These projects can work out well if everyone is engaged, and each team member delivers their part on time. The key word is “collaborative,” and this is where human nature, attitude and calculation come into play. You often need one group member to ride herd. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 4:48 PM

Ontario unveils three-step reopening plan and resumption of outdoor activities

Ontario will allow outdoor recreational facilities to open effective May 22 at 12:01 a.m. as part of a newly announced three-step reopening plan determined in large part by vaccination levels. Outdoor amenities slated to reopen include golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts and skate parks. The reopening was originally not expected to happen until at least June 2. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 2:53 PM

Canada’s privacy commissioners issue joint statement on COVID-19 vaccine passports

Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial privacy commissioners are urging governments, health authorities and businesses across the country to fully comply with applicable privacy laws if they develop and implement controversial COVID-19 vaccine passports. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

Future of work: Considering long-lasting effects of COVID-19 for employers Post-covid-workplace

1. Legality of mandatory vaccines: Can employers require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19? ... [read more]

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

Articling relationship doesn’t require unique common law employment principles: B.C. Appeal Court

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled the relationship between articled students and their principals does not require any unique application of common law employment principles, in the case of a woman who claimed her articling agreement had been wrongfully terminated. ... [read more]