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Wednesday, August 17, 2022 @ 10:42 AM

Lawyers whining about mentoring | Murray Gottheil

Those of us who hang out with lawyers know that there may be some wine involved, but more often, there will just be whining. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 @ 10:29 AM

Unvaccinated travellers: Getting across the U.S. border COVID-19 vial with needle

There are many reasons for choosing not to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination, and no matter what your opinion is on what’s “good” or “bad” for society, the reality is that many people have lingering skepticism about obtaining COVID-19 vaccines. Countries, provinces and even families remain deeply divided about what is necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, while border policies still reflect an attitude of “high alert” regarding the risks posed by and to travellers. ... [read more]

Monday, August 08, 2022 @ 11:50 AM

Becoming a non-resident with TFSA, RRSP accounts Giant dollar sign with Canadian flag on it

Many individuals take advantage of registered savings plans in Canada. The most commonly known plans are Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) and Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs). There are certain rules and restrictions to be aware of for Canadians who have such plans and become non-residents for tax purposes. In a previous article, “Moving to the U.S. and Retirement Plans,” we looked at a few planning strategies regarding registered plans in the context of immigrating to the U.S. ... [read more]

Friday, August 05, 2022 @ 1:27 PM

Filing for a USMCA work permit at the U.S. border: What to expect Gears with U.S., Mexico Canada flags

Many border restrictions have been lifted for travellers entering the U.S. from Canada. Throughout the pandemic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) officers continued to adjudicate petitions and applications under the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA, formerly NAFTA), as admission to the U.S. for those on work permits was always considered essential. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 04, 2022 @ 2:04 PM

Workers and scale-up strategy: Key immigration law tips, part two Immigrant workers

As we discussed in the first article in this series, companies that are scaling up their operations often need to fill positions quickly, and will often consider employees from other provinces or other countries in order to fill the gaps. This article will continue the discussion of employment and immigration considerations. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 04, 2022 @ 1:47 PM

From the schoolyard to the bench: Bullying in legal profession Giant finger pointing at man

A good lawyer can argue almost any point, but it is difficult to argue with statistics, and statistics show that people who practice law are among the most at-risk professionals for depression, substance abuse, mental illness and even suicide. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 04, 2022 @ 9:29 AM

Midnight in the garden of good and evil | Murray Gottheil

There is nothing funny about child abuse, so I hesitate to tell this story. But there is a point to it, so please bear with me. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 03, 2022 @ 2:26 PM

Workers and scale-up strategy: Key immigration law tips, part one Employer welcoming immigrant worker

Companies that are scaling up their operations often need to fill positions quickly, and will often consider employees from other provinces or other countries in order to fill the gaps. Rapid onboarding can lead to a variety of employment and immigration issues and may cause difficulties with retention. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 03, 2022 @ 11:34 AM

Pitfalls of succumbing to temptation to check e-mail | Rob De Toni

With such easy access to our work e-mail, it’s really not that difficult to get lured in by the temptation to check them outside office hours, or (gasp!) even when we are on vacation. I am ashamed (err … human) to say that I was recently reminded of the pitfalls of succumbing to that temptation. ... [read more]

Friday, July 29, 2022 @ 2:59 PM

Advocates applaud B.C.’s end of immigration detention agreement with border services agency Mara Salanders

Human rights advocates are lauding British Columbia’s “historic” decision to end its immigration detention agreement with Canada’s border services and are calling on other provinces to do the same. ... [read more]