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Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 3:23 PM

Treasury Board president releases statement on return to work for public service employees

Jean-Yves Duclos, the president of the Treasury Board of Canada, on June 22 released the following statement on the easing of restrictions related to COVID-19: ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 12:23 PM

Working from home during COVID-19: Can expenses be deducted? Cutting tax

As COVID-19 continues to modify working arrangements, many employees are likely wondering whether costs they incur to work from home will be deductible for income tax purposes. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

World’s first restorative justice lab opens at Dalhousie University Jennifer Llewellyn

In the interests of justice — restorative justice — Dalhousie University opted to move forward with an historic initiative despite the constraints imposed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the world’s first restorative justice lab is now up and running. “In a perfect world, you would have opened a physical space, but we decided not to hold off,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, a law professor at the Schulich School of Law and chair of the newly launched Restorative Research, Innovation & Education Lab (RRIELab). ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 2:15 PM

B.C. transitions COVID-19 border screening to federal government

In early April, B.C. introduced COVID-19 border screening measures to help ensure British Columbians returning home from international destinations had the support they need to manage self-isolation plans and keep B.C. communities safe. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 12:18 PM

Whose phone is it, anyway? Privacy rights when employees use corporate devices Hands using cellphone and laptop

As businesses have adapted to operating remotely, many have had to provide electronic devices to employees in order to ensure they remain productive. A question that has become more prevalent is what privacy rights an employee has in information stored on corporate-owned electronic devices? ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Walking the self-determination walk | Ellis Ross

I’m a 55-year-old Aboriginal man born and raised on a reserve on the west coast of British Columbia. I had no intention or desire to be a leader but was always asked to step into these roles as I grew up. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 9:52 AM

Lack of juror support adds to uncertain future for jury trials, says founder of commission Mark Farrant sm

As some judicial leaders question the future of civil juries, one jurors advocate is warning that the impact of COVID-19 could leave Canadian courts with a severe shortage of jurors when in-person trials resume, unless provinces provide improved support. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Justice and the pandemic: How Canada ranks Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the second of a three-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 5:45 AM

WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY - Offences and enforcement - Due diligence

Appeal by Kal Tire from its conviction under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure that a truck was rendered sufficiently inoperative while being serviced by one of its employees. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 2:05 PM

How to limit recruitment costs post-COVID-19 threemenpushingballs

In part one of this series, I discussed the potential actions your firm may have needed to take to respond to this crisis to ensure the survival of your firm and its legacy. In that same vein, in this column, I will highlight some strategies that you may have taken or should have taken to ensure you keep your people. ... [read more]