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Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 8:18 AM

Pensioners of insolvent companies left out of contingency fee debate | Julius Melnitzer

Something’s been lost so far in the debate about contingency fees that the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) calls “[protecting] access to justice for the public, while ensuring protection from unscrupulous practices and unreasonable fees.” ... [read more]

Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

Bill to create framework on PTSD positive step, employment lawyer says Christopher Achkar sm

A bill to establish a federal framework addressing the symptoms and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a positive step toward awareness of mental health issues faced by first responders, a Toronto employment and human rights lawyer says. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

Employees can also be held liable for customer injury, Ontario Court of Appeal maintains Gavin_MacKenzie_sm

An Ontario Appeal Court decision involving hot water, burned hands and a Starbucks barista is a reminder that employees can be sued along with their employers when it comes to the injury of customers, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 8:36 AM

WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY - Employer obligations - Safety of workplace - Supervision - Liability - Of employer - Offences and enforcement - Offences - Failure to ensure health and safety of workers

Trial of the accused numbered company charged with three Canada Labour Code offences of failure to ensure employee safety in particularized ways. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 9:11 AM

Employer’s guide to workplace sexual harassment | Stuart Rudner

Allegations of sexual harassment against powerful media personalities have shaken the world. Since the Weinstein scandal broke out, the social climate has changed so quickly that now, any hint of a scandal causes companies to immediately dismiss or cut all ties with the accused. The #metoo campaign has seen countless women come forward with their tales of sexual harassment, and this has impacted many workplaces. ... [read more]

Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 11:32 AM

Minimum wage hike, paid leave may lead to job loss, automation, labour lawyers say Inna Koldorf sm

Ontarians will see sweeping changes to regulations across various sectors as of Jan. 1, 2018. From extending deposit protections for buyers of newly built homes to the much anticipated increase in minimum wage, the province is touting the various amendments as its way of creating fairness and opportunity during rapid economic change. ... [read more]

Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Robert Half expects litigation to offer most job opportunities in 2018 Job opportunities

At least some job growth looks like it will be on the horizon for the new year, according to a recent survey of the Canadian legal profession. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 8:57 AM

Measuring legal levels of cannabis the next big challenge cannabis_test_sm

When a person smokes marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannibol (THC) is widely distributed to tissues, resulting in pharmacological effects. The fact is, THC comes out of fat tissues relatively slowly, so a person who smokes many cannabis cigarettes per day for a long time and then stops using might show trace amounts in blood tests for days or possibly weeks. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS - Disciplinary proceedings - Findings - Professional misconduct - Appeal or judicial review - Particular professions - Nurses - Registered nurses

Appeal by a registered nurse, Ahmed, from a finding of professional misconduct by a Discipline Committee of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 8:17 AM

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION - Appeals and judicial review - Natural justice - Procedural fairness - Boards and tribunals - Evidence - Disclosure and production

Appeal by Baker from a ruling of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) regarding the Tribunal’s test for pre-hearing disclosure to the employer of the documents possessed by the Workers' Compensation Board (Board). ... [read more]