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Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

Common social media concerns for lawyers | Kim McLaughlin

Nobody understands compliance better than a lawyer. It’s no wonder then that lawyers often hesitate when it comes to public communications via social media. In my experience, the big concerns are giving legal advice, confidentiality and solicitation. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 10:27 AM

Ex-AG alleges PM, senior officials tried to ‘politically interfere’ in SNC case; Trudeau ‘completely disagrees’ Jody Wilson-Raybould

In an accusation strenuously denied by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jody Wilson-Raybould alleged that before he removed her as attorney general of Canada last month, she and her then-chief of staff experienced sustained “very inappropriate” political interference and escalating “extraordinary” pressure from senior government officials, including the prime minister and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, to reverse her decision last fall not to shelve the criminal bribery prosecution of Montreal-based construction giant SNC-Lavalin in favour of a negotiated deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 12:42 PM

New immigration pilot: Rural and northern communities wanted northcompass.jpg

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced the launch of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to bring the benefits of immigration to rural and remote communities in five provinces and the three territories. The program excludes Quebec which has authority to select its own skilled immigrants and the Atlantic provinces which currently benefit from the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 12:16 PM

Quebec’s expansion of animal welfare laws hoof in right direction Horse

Growing public concern for animals and their welfare has prompted the government of Quebec to take action to widen its animal welfare legislation to go well beyond companion animal protection. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

LABOUR RELATIONS - Employees - Seniority rights

Appeal by Cherrier from the dismissal of his application for recognition of seniority by date of hire as a protected right under the Charter. ... [read more]

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 1:43 PM

High damages award upheld for employee fired for alleged fraud, intimidated with counter-claim

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision to award “unusually high” costs to a man terminated for alleged fraud is a “strong message” to employers to take care when making a counter-claim against an employee, counsel said. In Ruston v. Keddco Mfg. (2011) Ltd. 2019 ONCA 125, the court heard that in 2015 Scott Ruston, the respondent, was terminated from his position as president of Keddco Mfg., the appellant. Ruston was told he was being terminated “for cause and that he had committed fraud.” ... [read more]

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

Equity compensation for independent contractors equitysharing

Tech startups often compensate independent contractors or vendors with equity, such as stock options or restricted stock. Businesses can acquire needed services without dipping into their coffers, and contractors can make an investment with minimal cash and potentially realize significant returns. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 2:20 PM

Two new associates join Stewart McKelvey

Stewart McKelvey announced that former articled clerks Brandon Gillespie and Anthony Granville are beginning their careers at the St. John’s firm as associates. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 12:53 PM

B.C. Appeal Court decision removes any doubt about adverse discrimination test: lawyer James Kondopulos, Roper Greyell LLP

The B.C. Court of Appeal has affirmed a test for adverse discrimination on the grounds of family status, a decision the appellant’s lawyer says helps to prevent the floodgates opening to employers being overwhelmed by routine caregiving obligation requests. The case in Envirocon Environmental Services, ULC v. Suen 2019 BCCA 46 involves a discrimination claim brought forward by Brian Suen against his former employer. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 9:23 AM

For Uber, the devil was in arbitration clause | Stuart Rudner

For as long as I can remember, the employment law bar has complained about the fact that we do not have a specialized court to address employment disputes. I have been encouraging employment and corporate lawyers to include arbitration clauses in their contracts of employment for quite some time now. The reason is simple: the parties can avoid the delays, inefficiencies and unpredictability of the standard civil litigation process by establishing a process customized to the specific case and presided over by a subject-matter expert. ... [read more]