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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 2:06 PM

How lawyers talk about themselves; why they should stop doing so lawyerlookinginmirror.jpg

When people find out I used to be a Wall Street lawyer they say things like, “Well, I won’t hold that against you.” Or, “I’m glad you made it out alive!” Even if you haven’t worked on Wall Street, I bet that sounds familiar, the casual presumption of something unpleasant. Or how about this: Now that I’m no longer practising, people often introduce me as a “recovering lawyer,” which is a strange sort of introduction. Let me introduce you to this guy who’s made some really bad career choices! ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 1:53 PM

Three C’s of immigration: Trump’s loss Canada’s gain three_checks_sm

On June 22, 2020, Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation (Proclamation 10052) that suspended the entry of foreign nationals on H-1B, L, H-2B and J temporary visas until at least Dec. 31, 2020. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 8:27 AM

Navigating the modern courtroom: Embracing the change | Karen Heath

The incessant tap-tapping of an enthusiastic typist is part of the steady thrum of courtroom din that you become accustomed to during a lengthy matter. The feverish note taking of a second chair grasping on to each uttered word from the witness is often punctuated by the distinctive tap of the enter key. A new line, a break in thought, nary a breath taken by the witness; and the melody resumes. For opposing counsel (and maybe even co-counsel) it is likely a nuisance. Depending on the real estate of the courtroom, it may border on intrusive. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 3:22 PM

Feds launch updated emergency wage subsidy calculator

The federal government has revealed an updated Canada emergency wage subsidy (CEWS) online calculator to help employers prepare to apply for the next period of the program. The updated calculator, which was launched Aug. 11, can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)’s CEWS web page and includes information to help employers understand how the CEWS can support their employees and operations, who is eligible to apply and how claim periods are structured. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 2:16 PM

COVID-19: Duty to accommodate workers with immunocompromised family Group of workers one in a wheelchair

Both employers and employees have been affected by the pandemic on an unprecedented scale. Federal, provincial and territorial governments have placed demands and restrictions on industries and individuals alike. In Ontario, for example, the government released the list of essential workplaces on March 23, 2020, which was revised at a later date. This decision classified our workforce into four categories: (1) essential workers remaining at work, (2) non-essential workers who had to temporarily leave their at-risk workplaces and (3) precariously employed or gig workers — soon or instantly becoming unemployed, and (4) the already unemployed, receiving employment insurance benefits and looking for work. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

Fifty shades of compliance: Automating privacy impact assessments automated_privacy_assessment_sm

What we consider to be private is subjective and contextual. Our views on privacy vary depending on the nuances of the culture, values and technology our personal data is handled within. This is why privacy does not always fit within the black and white letter of the law. Rather, privacy is a myriad of shades of grey. What further adds to the complexity of privacy is our fluctuating level of trust with companies that collect, use and disclose our personal information. ... [read more]

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 1:41 PM

Suspended services: U.S. Embassy and consulates during pandemic U.S._embassy_sm

The pandemic brought on by COVID-19 has changed much of the way the U.S. government responds to requests and applications. This is very true at the U.S. Department of State’s diplomatic posts (embassy and consulates) in Canada. This article will report on the suspension of U.S. services in Canada for non-immigrant visa applicants — specifically for E visa applicants, immigrant visa applicants and for those who are seeking U.S. citizenship services. ... [read more]

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 1:27 PM

Why so few Black partners in Canada’s top law firms? | Ryan Watkins

The highest echelons of the top law firms in Canada have a diversity problem. Only one per cent of the partners at the top 40 law firms are Black. Simply put, the largest firms in the country are failing to hire and promote Black lawyers. ... [read more]

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

Church’s vicarious liability in Mount Cashel abuse scandal transcends religion, says lawyer Eugene_Meehan_sm

A Newfoundland court’s finding that the Archdiocese of St. John’s is vicariously liable for historical sexual abuse at the former Mount Cashel orphanage should be a warning to entities controlling lower institutions that there is a “continuing legal responsibility” to protect others, says a lawyer involved. ... [read more]

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 8:18 AM

Opening statement at a mediation: An overview opening_statement_sm

A mediation brings collaboration to the adversarial process by shifting the focus away from an impending courtroom battle to the parties’ interests. Whether mandatory or voluntary, it is an opportunity to resolve a dispute without the high costs and delays associated with a trial. It is a rare moment when the parties have complete control over the timing and outcome of a claim. ... [read more]