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Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 3:07 PM

Employer’s duty when employee watches porn, pursues pleasure in workplace Manstaringatscreen

It is unlawful for employers in Canada to discriminate on the basis of disability. Not only do employers have a duty under human rights legislation to accommodate their employees’ disabilities, they must also create a workplace free of harassment on prohibited grounds, including disability. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Legal professionals should not be dealing with age discrimination in 2019 Age Discrimination

In the legal profession, ageism usually exists in subtle ways because legal professionals tend to normalize and accept age discrimination. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:16 AM

B is for ‘bachelor,’ not progress | Julius Melnitzer

No question about it, diversity and gender equality are all the rage in the profession — and it’s the clients that are driving the horses, with in-house counsel expected to lead both by way of example and by way of shutting out law firms who aren’t sensitive enough to the call. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 3:03 PM

CRA does little to protect us from identity theft skull and crossbones

Taxpayer data is some of the most sought-after information for cybercriminals. So what are the Internal Revenue Service and the Canada Revenue Agency doing to protect our sensitive information from being used to file a fraudulent tax return? A comparison between the two agencies shows a big gap when it comes to planning and strategizing ways to protect taxpayers from tax-related identity theft. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Statutory changes to collective bargaining framework in British Columbia Mapofbc

The laws that govern both unionized and non-unionized workplaces in British Columbia are changing. Bill 8, the Employment Standards Amendments Act, 2019, received its first reading in the B.C. Legislature on April 29, 2019. On the following day, Bill 30, the Labour Relations Code Amendment Act, also was tabled for its first reading. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal ruling upends commercial leasing law

Although neither party raised the legal provision in the case, the Ontario Court of Appeal has changed a law regarding commercial leasing by referring to a section of the province’s Commercial Tenancies Act (CTA) whose origins in Ontario date back to 1895. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Good faith: Legal conditions of a retail sale sale_percentages_sm

Everyone loves a good sale. However, the Competition Act lists the conditions under which a retailer may offer a sale price to consumers. In short, fake sales — that is, sales events in which the discounted or sale price is not actually a discount because the item was never actually sold at the called ordinary price for a substantial period of time — are not permissible. This is provided for in ss. 74.01(2) and 74.01(3) of the Act, which are part of the deceptive marketing practices provisions of the Act. These provisions affect all Canadian retailers offering sales, especially retailers engaged in high-low marketing strategies. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 11:32 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

Benefits plans and medical cannabis — to cover or not to cover Cannabis bottle

Since Oct. 17, 2018, the date that the use of recreational cannabis was legalized across Canada, employers have been turning to their legal counsel to update workplace policies addressing safety, impairment and accommodation issues. With cannabis use garnering widespread attention, employers are also grappling with a question that arises with greater frequency: will cannabis use for therapeutic purposes or “medical cannabis” be covered under the employer-provided health and benefit plan? ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 04, 2019 @ 12:14 PM

Clarity, education key in protecting lawyer-client privilege, panel says Judy Naiberg

In-house counsel should educate business partners on what lawyer-client privilege means in order to help protect said privilege, speakers at the 2019 Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) National Conference explained, while outlining best practices for e-mails, meetings, cross-border travel and what to do in a raid. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 04, 2019 @ 8:38 AM

Global payments industry: Frantic M&A activity not slowing down digital_payments_sm

A payments industry that was stagnant and stale for decades has recently entered a transformational and disruptive period of innovation, with seemingly boundless growth ahead. ... [read more]