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Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 8:35 AM

A sledgehammer solution to ‘birth tourism’ birth_tourism_sm

At the Conservative Party convention in Halifax last August, party leader Andrew Scheer released a statement confirming that curbing “birth tourism” would be among the objectives of the Conservative policy, after Conservative party members voted to fully end the practice of birthright citizenship in Canada, unless one parent is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 10:56 AM

Hicks Morley grows Toronto office with three appointments

Hicks Morley has welcomed three new associates to the firm’s Toronto office. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 10:56 AM

Accounting for business interruption loss after cyber attack Number 404 with plugs

Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated, leading to an increase in the size and volume of cyber insurance claims. This article discusses how cyber losses can result in a business interruption loss and how companies should go about documenting and quantifying these losses should they occur. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

SCC’s Gascon encourages lawyers and judges to talk openly about anxiety, depression Exclusive

Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada are legal icons, so it’s easy to forget that they are human beings and struggle with the same afflictions as the rest of us. That’s why retired Justice Clément Gascon’s decision to reveal that he lives with anxiety and depression has been so salutary for the legal profession’s awareness of, and efforts to destigmatize, the mental health challenges so many lawyers and judges face. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 8:14 AM

Employment standards claims cannot be pursued in B.C. courts Goldmineinterior.jpg

A recent summary trial decision from the B.C. Supreme Court confirms that claims arising from breaches of the B.C. Employment Standards Act (ESA) cannot be pursued in a civil action and denies the application of the tort of intimidation to a threatened breach of an employment contract. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

Roper Greyell adds associate

Roper Greyell LLP announced that Natalie Cuthill has joined the Vancouver firm as an associate. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

What U.K. employers should know about Canadian termination, dismissal law Britcanadaflag_sm.jpg

Canadian employment law shares many similarities with U.K. employment law by virtue of Canada having inherited its common law system from the U.K. Nevertheless, it is important for U.K. employers seeking to expand operations into Canada to understand how Canadian employment legislation operates within a federalist state. Part three of this four-part series looks at a key aspect of Canadian employment law that is distinct from U.K. employment law. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 1:25 PM

Four new associates join Stewart McKelvey team

Stewart McKelvey announced that having passed their respective province’s bar, associates Kara Harrington and Matthew Jacobs have joined the firm’s team in St. John’s, N.L., while associates Jennifer Thompson and Brendan Sheridan have joined the firm’s Halifax group. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

B.C. city fighting reinstatement of fire captain terminated for having sex at work

A B.C. city is vowing to fight a decision that upheld the reinstatement of a fire official who lost his job after engaging in sexual activity with a colleague in the workplace, with a lawyer saying the case may find itself before the provincial Court of Appeal in order for it to answer the question of whether such behaviour is grounds for dismissal. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Legal cannabis one year in: Minimal impact, but employers will face new issues potsmoking.jpg

A year ago Canada embarked on an ambitious experiment that had only been attempted in a few countries around the world: we officially legalized the sale and possession of limited amounts of cannabis for personal use. ... [read more]