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Wednesday, May 04, 2022 @ 10:35 AM

Blowing smoke Blowing smoke

Whenever clients, friends and neighbours refer to me as an “HR expert,” I cringe. This has nothing to do with false modesty, fake postering or faux humility (rampant on LinkedIn), but with a genuine conviction that learning never ends. Also, I want to stay aware of the danger of temptation: as soon as you start believing you’re an expert, the next step is believing that you’re always right and thus infallible. That’s a trap I wish to avoid. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 04, 2022 @ 9:11 AM

New labour and employment associate for Hicks Morley

Hicks Morley announced that Anoushka Zachariah has joined the firm as an associate in its Toronto office. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 04, 2022 @ 9:09 AM

Ogletree Deakins hires new partner

Ogletree Deakins, a global labour and employment law firm that represents management, welcomed Kathryn Bird as partner in the firm’s Toronto office. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 03, 2022 @ 2:13 PM

Federal Court decision addresses Express Entry delays | Colin Singer

A recent Federal Court decision has given clarity on the limits for Canadian immigration authorities when conducting lengthy security verifications on applications for permanent residence to Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 03, 2022 @ 11:36 AM

Why Ontario government should update accident benefit schedule in light of COVID-19 car accident

With mass unemployment resulting from COVID-19 lockdowns, the Canadian government implemented the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB). Both were much-needed lifelines for many Canadians, providing significant economic support for Canadians who met the eligibility criteria. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 03, 2022 @ 10:23 AM

Mentors in the legal profession | Gary Joseph

For the most part change is a good thing. More specifically and germane to this piece, changes in the practice of law since I was called appear to me to be mostly positive, but I still regret some. I try to so hard to avoid sounding like some old dinosaur lamenting the old ways of practice but sometimes I just can’t help it. I am what I am, and I say what I think. So here goes. ... ... [read more]

Monday, May 02, 2022 @ 1:05 PM

Term ‘employee’ can mean different things in different contexts, B.C. Appeal Court says Fred Wynne, Tevlin Gleadle Curtis

B.C.’s top court has ruled against three taxi drivers who were fighting a determination that they were employees of the companies they worked for, with a legal observer saying the decision could be instructive for lawyers involved in cases looking at employment relationships in the so-called “gig economy.” ... [read more]

Monday, May 02, 2022 @ 8:52 AM

The Coach: Most lawyers not suited to business of law | Gary Mitchell

Over the past 16 years, I have witnessed and observed the common personality traits and habits of lawyers. Of course, these are not just lawyer traits, these are human traits. But for some reason(s), which I will offer my hypothesis later in this article, these traits are heightened in most lawyers. ... [read more]

Friday, April 29, 2022 @ 2:26 PM

Laurentian University: Public accountability and the courts | Agnès Whitfield

As we discussed in the first article in this series, on Feb. 1, 2021, Laurentian University became the first public university in Canada to file for creditor protection under the federal Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA), a legal last resort for private sector entities. ... [read more]

Friday, April 29, 2022 @ 12:47 PM

Impaired driving ... on the moon? | Kyla Lee

Sure, it sounds like a ridiculous proposition: a person charged with impaired operation of a conveyance on the moon. But these charges may not be as unlikely as you think. ... [read more]