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Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

’Tis the season to avoid folly: Employee responsibilities, liabilities during party season Christmas party

Employers that organize and host Christmas or holiday parties and similar work-related social events have a number of legal responsibilities. They can be held liable for not taking adequate precautions to protect their employees from foreseeable and preventable harm. ... [read more]

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 10:14 AM

Warning: These numbers are disturbing | Rob De Toni

The University of Sherbrook recently released a report on the state of mental health in the legal industry titled: “Research Report (preliminary version): Towards a Healthy and Sustainable Practice of Law in Canada. National Study on the Psychological Determinants of Legal Professionals in Canada, Phase 1 (2020-2022).” ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 9:37 AM

How to manage a remote legal team in 2023 Remote team

Are lawyers able to work remotely? Yes, they can, and it is something many lawyers are passionate about. Approximately two-thirds of private practice lawyers can work remotely 100 per cent of the time, while 23 per cent work between one and three days in the office each week. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 @ 1:23 PM

NEXUS backlogs: Limited solutions available Border crossing with NEXUS line

With increased travel from pandemic-weary travellers has come major travel delays and lineups across airports and border crossings. Ironically, the one program designed to facilitate smoother and faster travel experiences in Canada and the United States, NEXUS, has a backlog of over 330,000 applications since the start of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Monday, November 28, 2022 @ 2:26 PM

Licensee, stakeholder feedback leads LSO to extend virtual verification policy exemption Michael Lesage, LSO bencher

After receiving feedback from the profession, benchers and stakeholders, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has extended its “temporary pandemic measure of allowing virtual verification without authentication until January 1, 2024.” ... [read more]

Friday, November 25, 2022 @ 1:04 PM

Justice for all is justice we should aspire to | Chris Bentley

My colleague, Guy Pratte, questions whether virtual justice is “real justice’’ in his recent opinion piece (The Lawyer’s Daily, Oct. 26, 2022). He argues that a return to the in-person proceeding is essential for “real justice,” with anything else apparently being of lesser worth. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 24, 2022 @ 1:54 PM

‘One size fits all’ employer immigration compliance is nonsensical World map behind employer, employee

The purpose of the recent amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, SOR/2002-227, which placed additional compliance requirements on employers of temporary foreign workers under both the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) — pursuant to a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) ­— and the International Mobility Program (IMP), is to provide better protection to Canada’s vulnerable temporary foreign worker population. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 @ 4:10 PM

Belarusian companies, individuals complicit in Russia’s illegal war hit with Canadian sanctions Melanie Joly

Canada has announced more sanctions against Belarussian companies and individuals that the federal government says are linked to Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 @ 2:58 PM

Feds seek approval for $4-billion spend on legal settlements; $1 billion for immigration supports Mona Fortier

The minority Liberal government is asking Parliament to approve billions in additional spending this fiscal year, including $4 billion-plus to fund out-of-court settlements with Indigenous litigants and a total of $353 million in supports for Afghans fleeing the Taliban’s takeover of their country and for Ukrainians compelled to leave by Russia’s illegal war on their homeland. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 @ 1:17 PM

The worst people to run law firms are lawyers | Murray Gottheil

I was the managing partner of a law firm once. I came to the job with little aptitude for management and even less experience and training. Of course, I was qualified to be the managing partner because I had high personal billings and a whole whack of originating credits. ... [read more]