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Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 12:44 PM

Two associates join Cox & Palmer’s St. John’s office

The St. John’s office of Cox & Palmer announced that Neala Kielley and Ryan Parsons are the firm’s newest associate lawyers. ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 8:21 AM

THE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT - Extrinsic evidence - Particular words

Appeal by the union from the dismissal of its judicial review application of an arbitration award interpreting an addition to a collective agreement. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 1:18 PM

Discrimination and smokers in the workplace | Stuart Rudner

Four years ago, the owner of a jet boat tour company made national headlines when he publicly proclaimed that he had refused to hire smokers for the past 30 years. At the time, I blogged about the issue and offered my view that in all likelihood, such a policy would be a breach of human rights legislation. Then just over a month ago, U-Haul, a much larger and well-known corporation, announced that it will no longer hire smokers in 21 U.S. states, though this would not impact the remaining states or its Canadian operations. So, can Canadian employers enact such a policy? ... [read more]

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 12:47 PM

Three new partners at Lavery

Lavery Lawyers announced the appointments of Valérie Belle-Isle, Guillaume Laberge and Béatrice Ngatcha as partners of the firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

What every firm should know about e-discovery: Evaluation and implementation ediscovery_software_sm

The need for e-discovery is well documented. So, now that we’ve gotten the “why” out of the way, let’s look at the “how” part of the story. It’s one thing to say, “I want an e-discovery solution,” but knowing how to choose, implement and run one is an entirely different matter. And it’s where even the best intentions go to die. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Dunton Rainville adds lawyers in Montreal, Joliette

The Dunton Rainville law firm and notaries announced that Marie-Josée Maltais has joined the Montreal labour, employment and immigration law team, while Marc-André Michaud has joined the civil law team at the office in Joliette, Que. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 2:16 PM

What’s at stake when harasser is employee or employer woodstatues

Harassment is unacceptable in the workplace and can be severely detrimental for the victim. It  can, and does, lead to absenteeism, lower productivity, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. That is why the topic is a mandatory policy by law in Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

Boosting the rate of technology adoption | Aaron Baer

For many observers of the legal industry, the seemingly glacial change of innovation can be astounding. After all, it’s not unreasonable to wonder how the use of data analytics, process mapping or new technology within a law firm can be considered to be innovative. But the reality is that lawyers (and law firms) are often resistant to change. Being trained to identify all potential risks and being subject to a system that relies so heavily on precedent doesn’t exactly align itself well to change. And of course, there’s the incentive misalignment that will remain present in the legal profession so long as the billable hour reigns supreme. ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 2:16 PM

Ontario human rights body, prison union urge ‘appropriate investment’ in corrections funding Renu Mandhane_sm

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the division of the public service union that represents frontline correctional workers are calling for more funding to improve corrections for inmates and staff alike. The two organizations banded together to make a joint submission to the provincial government for more funding in advance of the 2020 budget release. ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 12:13 PM

Caution: Attempted fixes to employer-employee relationship sometimes off target arrows

A recent appellate decision serves as a good reminder for all employers (and employment lawyers) of three key employment law principles: 1) to carefully review your termination clauses; 2) years of service as a dependent contractor is included in calculating years of service, and 3) be very careful when implementing new policies even if the intention is to help employees and preserve their jobs during difficult economic times. ... [read more]