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Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 12:13 PM

Caution: Attempted fixes to employer-employee relationship sometimes off target arrows

A recent appellate decision serves as a good reminder for all employers (and employment lawyers) of three key employment law principles: 1) to carefully review your termination clauses; 2) years of service as a dependent contractor is included in calculating years of service, and 3) be very careful when implementing new policies even if the intention is to help employees and preserve their jobs during difficult economic times. ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 10:30 AM

Valentine to democracy’s frontline soldiers | Stéphanie Plante

Poll clerk, voting day worker, precinct officer, scrutineer, ballot inspector, results tabulator, whatever you want to call them, it’s time for the local election officials, or, the “street level bureaucrats” of our election world, as coined by academic Michael Lipsky stand up and get the respect and administration they deserve on this Valentine’s Day and every day. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 10:22 AM

(Un)friendly confines of Wrigley Field: Arbitration ruling blow to MLB player seniority Wrigley Field

With spring training for Major League Baseball (MLB) just around the corner, a recent arbitration ruling in the Kris Bryant grievance against the Chicago Cubs serves as a major setback to players’ seniority rights. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 1:06 PM

Carte blanche for Crown prosecutors in ‘complex cases’? complexpuzzle

The Ontario Court of Appeal has issued a decision regarding the “particularly complex case” exemption that will likely make it more difficult for defendants in complex criminal and regulatory prosecutions to assert their Charter right to be tried within a reasonable time. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 12:33 PM

OBA immigration seminar touches on working rules ‘landmines’ for foreign students Elise_Bell_sm

Foreign students on full-time study permits need to fully understand the strict rules around the number of hours they can work while in school, said a lawyer at a recent Ontario Bar Association immigration seminar. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 10:48 AM

Cross-border stock options at risk of double taxation Canadian-American hands with coin

Canadian residents who receive an incentive stock option from an employer in the United States may wind up paying tax twice. And the government of Canada isn’t making things easier. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 2:10 PM

Immigrants beware: IRS, CRA operate differently canada_u.s._tax_sm

For immigration purposes, life would be easier if the Internal Revenue Service in the United States and the Canada Revenue Agency in Canada were on the same page. But they are not, and for this reason people must be aware of their status for tax obligations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 9:14 AM

B.C. taxi drivers lose Uber, Lyft injunction case, but fight likely to continue: lawyer

A coalition of taxi drivers in the Vancouver area has lost a battle to get the B.C. Supreme Court to grant an order preventing ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft from operating in the province, but the drivers’ lawyer is saying they will likely carry on in their attempt to get a judicial review of a provincial body’s decision to greenlight the companies. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Stopping coronavirus: Precautions for business travellers coronavirus_stop_sm

For the past month, the world has been on alert after the identification of a novel coronavirus. Governments around the world have been taking action to stop the spread of the disease across international borders. However, the primary responsibility to ensure the containment of the virus falls to individual travellers themselves. There are a number of steps that should be taken by business travellers during this state of emergency to ensure that each is doing their part to protect the public health. ... [read more]

Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 1:26 PM

Legal scholar queries timing of anti-SLAPP motion in Ontario defamation case Hilary Young

An internationally recognized scholar in defamation law suggests that it might be time to revisit the intent of s. 137.1 of the Courts of Justice Act that seeks to minimize the use of strategic lawsuits against public participation or SLAPPs following a recent case before the Ontario Court of Appeal that involved cross-motions for summary judgment and an anti-SLAPP ruling. ... [read more]