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Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 9:02 AM

Media relations isn't marketing, and that's just the first mistake lawyers make | Julius Melnitzer

When it comes to maximizing the benefits of good media relations, many Canadian law firms haven’t quite got it yet. For those of you who are thinking, “What are you talking about? The profession’s marketing savvy has come a very long way” — you’re making my point. What a lot of law firms still don’t seem to understand is that marketing and media relations are two distinct arts. Lumping them together is akin to shoving an admiralty lawyer and an entertainment lawyer into the same pigeonhole. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 7:48 AM

Women, LGBTQ and beyond: Recent cases of systemic discrimination and harassment in the workplace

Developments south of us have stoked in many a renewed pride in our country’s strong record on human rights, workplace protections, and our vaunted valuing of diversity and inclusion.  Yet, given how many clients seek my advice on discrimination and harassment complaints, this may be a case of pride before the fall. ... [read more]

Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 8:54 AM

Top 10 risk management tips for charities, not-for-profits

Charities and not-for-profits (NFPs) face increasing challenges in delivering their services to their members and the public, in part because of a more litigious reality and complicated regulatory environment. As such, charities and NFPs need to be familiar with an array of legal requirements that they need to comply with. ... [read more]

Friday, March 03, 2017 @ 3:05 PM

Busted for pornography at work … what are the consequences for employees?

Access to the Internet is now a fixture in Canadian workplaces. Whereas accessing pornography was once limited to obtaining physical copies of magazines and videos, today, pornography can be accessed in seconds by a few key strokes and the click of a mouse. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 09, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

New international arbitration rules aimed at increasing efficiency, transparency | R. Aaron Rubinoff and John Siwiec

Important amendments to the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Rules) will take effect on March 1, 2017. The amendments seek to enhance the efficiency and transparency of the current version of the ICC Rules that have been in force since January 2012. ... [read more]

Monday, January 30, 2017 @ 11:43 AM

Getting on board the fight against data breaches

Unauthorized data breaches have become an unfortunate part of business life. In 2015, British insurance company Lloyds estimated that cyberattacks cost organizations US$400 billion each year in damages and business disruption. A new data breach is reported almost every day. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Lawyer's new book decries lack of aggressive action on corporate crime

More aggressive enforcement of existing statutes — not more laws — are needed to stop corporations and their executives from behaving badly, said Toronto lawyer Norm Keith. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Careful what you ‘ask’ for

More than ever before, legal and marketing teams must work together to navigate a social media sphere that is littered with legal landmines. There is no denying that social media touches virtually every aspect of our lives and businesses. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Appeal court weighs in on workplace testing rules

Another major legal battle over random drug and alcohol testing in the workplace is on the verge of a watershed decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal. On Nov. 7, that court will be the first at the appellate level asked to apply the Supreme Court of Canada’s three-year-old principles and guidelines on when such testing is allowed. The adversaries this time are Suncor Energy, one of the world’s largest independent energy companies, and Unifor, the country’s largest private sector union. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Careful what you 'ask' for

More than ever before, legal and marketing teams must work together to navigate a social media sphere that is littered with legal landmines. There is no denying that social media touches virtually every aspect of our lives and businesses. Consequently, the issue for most marketers is not whether there is a choice to engage in social media, but how best to engage with their closest “friends.” Enter promotional contests. Often thought of as fast, easy and cost-effective ways to engage consumers (after all, who doesn’t love the chance to win free stuff?!), social media contests can pose significant challenges for the businesses that administer them. ... [read more]