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Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Occupational classifications: Are you an economist or an accountant? two_doors_sm

For better or worse, it was a missed opportunity not to reassess the trade national (TN) occupational classification list under NAFTA’s Appendix 1603.D.1 when the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was negotiated. It has been 25 years since these occupational classifications were finalized, and updates on what each occupational classification entails in the current workforce would have been welcome. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 12:05 PM

Differences between Canadian, American employment law handheldflags.jpg

For American companies, expanding operations into Canada often makes good business sense. Our similar professional cultures make doing business together easy, and our economic ties make it almost inevitable. However, employers who take our countries’ similarities for granted put themselves in a precarious position. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Privacy concerns ramped up over border security agreement | Colin Singer

Canada and the U.S. have begun implementation of the third phase of the “Beyond the Border” security agreement finalized by the two countries in 2011. Aimed at facilitating easier trade and travel, the agreement provides for sharing of information about individuals crossing the border between the countries. ... [read more]

Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 3:15 PM - Last Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 3:57 PM

Ottawa commits $26.8 million to fund immigration, refugee legal aid for 2019-20

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Aug. 12 announced that the federal government will provide a one-time investment of $26.8 million for immigration and refugee legal aid for 2019-2020. ... [read more]

Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 11:05 AM - Last Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 12:09 PM

G7 leaders urged to protect lawyers from harm, ensure AI doesn’t oust human decision making Raymond Adlington

Next week bar association presidents from Canada and the other G7 nations will jointly urge their countries’ political leaders to legally protect lawyers and the confidentiality of the lawyer-client relationship, as well as to ensure that the emerging use of artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithms in legal decision making doesn’t harm human dignity, fundamental rights and access to justice. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Big differences between new foreign worker permit categories wheelchair_caregiver_sm

Both Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have mechanisms to ensure that employers who employ foreign workers on employer-specific work permits respect the conditions that they have agreed to. This includes work permits that are based on Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) — a process where the local labour market is tested — and work permits that are LMIA-exempt, including under international agreements and Intra-Company Transfers.   ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

Protesters urge new Ontario AG to reverse cuts to legal aid Legal_Aid_Protest_1_sm

Ontario’s new attorney general must “stand up” to Premier Doug Ford and recommend that cuts to legal aid in the province be reversed, says an organizer of a recent protest by clinics serving racialized communities. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

CRA-IRS agreement over sharing banking information not Charter violation, Federal Court rules

A Federal Court ruling that dismissed a constitutional challenge of two Canadian laws that allow Canada to share with the United States banking information of U.S. citizens living in Canada is “insufficiently sensitive to Charter rights that are designed to protect a taxpayer’s fundamental privacy rights against unreasonable state action,” according to Queen’s University tax law professor Arthur Cockfield. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

International Experience Canada program: Best of both worlds world_youth_sm

For almost 70 years, work and travel exchange programs have encouraged and facilitated travel for Canadian and foreign youth. It originally began in 1951 as a reconciliatory cultural exchange between Canada and Germany following the end of the Second World War. It was formally implemented and expanded in 1967 to other partner countries and is known today as the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. ... [read more]

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

Access to justice in the refugee context refugee_wire_sm

Access to justice, particularly for the most vulnerable persons in society, is a key issue in policy debates in Canada. Refugees are persons who have fled from traumatizing circumstances and need the legal system to facilitate the establishment of their refugee claims. ... [read more]