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Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 3:23 PM

Legal and liability aftermath of the Yonge Street van attack red&bluecarcrash_sm.jpg

The insurance lawyer in me is interested in the various claims that have arisen (and might still arise) as a result of the April 23, 2018, “van attack” on Yonge Street. If you were to journey into my coverage-geek brain, this is what you might see: ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

Legal Aid Commission’s decision not to fund human rights claims not discriminatory: N.W.T Court of Appeal Chris Buchanan sm

The Northwest Territories Court of Appeal has determined that the Legal Aid Commission’s policy not to fund human rights complaints is not discriminatory as it’s not a “service customarily made available to the public.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

NEXUS surprise: Renewals could trigger need for U.S. work authorization nexus_border_sm

The NEXUS program is a wonderful opportunity for Canadians travelling to the U.S. to avoid the long lines and overall anxiety of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspections at land borders and pre-flight inspections at airports. However, more and more NEXUS renewal applicants are being told they need to apply for U.S. work authorization before being approved for a new NEXUS card. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

The importance of accurate wording in termination provisions blankcontract_Sm.jpg

Three separate cases from the Court of Appeal concerning termination provisions in employment contracts have unfortunately not provided the clarity that many workplace lawyers sought. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 10:34 AM

How to help your employees do their democratic duty electionbox_sm.jpg

Voting is a fundamental right and Thursday June 7’s provincial election promises to be a transformative event for Ontario. Many employers have been fielding questions along the lines of “do I get Thursday afternoon off?” ... [read more]

Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 8:17 AM

Emojis and emoticons: New tools for harassment or innocent silly faces? emoji.jpg

From verbal disagreements to physical altercations to the use of social media, both child and adult bullying has evolved over the past five decades. No longer do individuals have to gain strength physically or mentally to berate or threaten another person. Incivility and criminal activity can now be conducted with a click of a button or a creation of a website or Facebook page. ... [read more]

Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

Express Entry applications show what Canada values express_entry_sm

So far in 2018, we have seen Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issue 10 rounds of invitations to Express Entry candidates. Given the current volume of high-scoring candidates in the pool, candidates must be highly competitive to be selected. The following factors can significantly impact a candidate’s chances of success and reflect the qualities most desired in Canada’s current economic immigration system. ... [read more]

Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL TAXATION - Ontario - Sales tax - Persons liable for tax

Appeal by the Minister from an order allowing the respondent's appeal from a provincial sales tax assessment. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 8:36 AM

New law seeks to close gender wage gap in Ontario woman&manleaping_orig.jpg

A recent Conference Board of Canada report has confirmed what many working women have known all along — there is a significant gender wage gap in the province, with women making a mere 87 cents for every dollar earned by men. The Equal Pay Coalition’s calculation of the gap is actually bleaker, pegging it at approximately 30 per cent. Predictably, the conference board has given Ontario a “C” grade for the wage discrepancy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 12:57 PM

Rise in workplace harassment awareness akin to #MeToo, says lawyer Heather_Jensen_sm

A rise in overall awareness, an employers’ duty to accommodate and dealing with “difficult” people and unfounded claims are set to be discussed in an upcoming audio conference on workplace bullying. ... [read more]