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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Office of Privacy Commissioner taking an aggressive stance bulldog_watchdog_sm

In this two-part series of articles, we examine how two recent reports by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) appear to be part of a larger strategy by the OPC to try to obtain both legislative changes to strengthen the privacy protections in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) (or to obtain the same result by unilaterally interpreting PIPEDA) and to obtain further powers for the OPC. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 2:03 PM

Boards’ sustainability policies help ensure supply chain transparency, panel says John_Coyne_Helle_Bank_Jorgensen_Peter_MacKay_sm

Creating sustainable sourcing policies and doing due diligence on all components of a company’s supply chain can keep boards, and their reputation, intact during times of crisis, speakers at the 2019 Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) National Conference said, while pointing to the importance of transparency. ... [read more]

Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 12:02 PM

Changes to averaging agreements may strain employer-employee relationships Confused group

When Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives took power in the provincial election, they proposed many changes to the way in which Ontario was to be governed. To make these changes, the Ford government tabled many bills, one of which was the omnibus Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

Is AI coming to a legal transcript near you? voicerecognition_button_sm

We ask Alexa to play songs from the ’70s. We ask Siri for a weather report. We dictate e-mails and text messages to our phones. We speak into machines and they do things for us. They seem to understand us. But is this technology up to the task of preparing important documents like legal transcripts? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 2:11 PM

Parental benefits: one size does not fit all prof w baby_sm.jpg

“Your Honour, before we begin I just wanted to apologize for my attire. I had a baby eight weeks ago and don’t yet fit back into my robes.” This is what I uttered at the beginning of a guardianship hearing in February 2018. No longer pregnant, it was not obvious why my robes didn’t fit and I didn’t want my open waistcoat to become a distraction or make me appear forgetful or sloppy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 12:32 PM

OPC opens consultation on transborder data flows: Proposes reversal in approach datalock2.jpb

On April 9, 2019, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) launched a consultation on transborder data flows in which they indicated that they were revisiting their long-held position that a transfer of personal information to a service provider for processing does not require consent from the individual, and now propose that a transfer for processing involves a disclosure of personal information and therefore requires consent. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 10:40 AM

Legal pitfalls in asymmetrical arbitration clauses uneven_agreement_sm

Arbitration clauses need not be symmetrical, giving each party the exact same legal benefits. An arbitration clause that gives one party the right to select a forum to settle a dispute is likely within legal reach for any party negotiating an arbitration agreement. However, there are some potential pitfalls to asymmetrical arbitration clauses. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

Boards’ fiduciary duty to keep informed on global issues progressive_board_sm

Is a board that cannot articulate the most material ESG (environmental, social, governance) issues in breach of their fiduciary duty? ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

Summary dismissal: Employers need a bigger toolbox | Stuart Rudner

It is the classic line used by judges and arbitrators when they find that summary dismissal was not warranted: “Some lesser form of discipline was appropriate.”   ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

B.C.’s proposed labour changes positive step for employees: lawyers Fred Wynne, HHBG Lawyers

The B.C. government is seeking to significantly overhaul provincial legislation on employment standards and labour rules, changes lawyers are saying will have a positive effect on the employer-employee relationship in the province going forward. ... [read more]