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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:36 AM

Sexual harassment claims a perfect storm of trouble for businesses, say lawyers Alix Herber and Sarah Graves

As a result of a #MeToo-charged environment, and because of media attention on high-profile Canadian examples, Alix Herber and Sarah Graves, who are partners at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in the labour and employment group, are busier than they’ve ever been with sexual harassment cases. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

Anonymity, jurisdiction, ‘unpublishing’ are frontline defamation issues, panel says

Two challenges dominate online defamation litigation: anonymity and jurisdiction. These issues, as well as the policy concerns raised by “unpublishing” materials posted online, were debated by a panel of industry experts at the Law Commission of Ontario’s (LCO) conference “Defamation Law and the Internet: Where Do We Go From Here?” ... [read more]

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:39 AM

Discriminatory benefit loophole closed for those over 65 | Stuart Rudner

It has been over a decade since Ontario effectively abolished mandatory retirement by amending the Human Rights Code to extend its protection against discrimination to workers over the age of 65. The legislation which effected this change had an interesting twist, however: it allowed employers to offer different (i.e., lesser) benefits to those older workers. ... [read more]

Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 10:11 AM - Last Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 3:33 PM

SCC affirms 7-2 Ontario and B.C. regulators’ denial of accreditation to TWU’s proposed law school Janet Epp Buckingham

In a four-opinion ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 7-2 that the refusal of the law societies of Ontario and B.C. to accredit Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school was reasonable because the regulators proportionately balanced the impact on the religious freedom rights of TWU’s community with the regulators’ mandate to protect the public — including promoting equal access to the legal profession, diversity and lawyer competence, as well as upholding a positive public perception of the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

Franchise supplier’s duty of care doesn’t extend to economic loss sub_sandwhich_sm

In 1688782 Ontario Inc. v. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. 2018 ONCA 407, a decision released on April 30, the Court of Appeal for Ontario held that the defendant Maple Leaf Foods, which was the exclusive supplier of core menu items to the Mr. Sub franchise system, was not liable to franchisees in the system for alleged economic loss caused by a food recall. ... [read more]

Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Defamation law reform requires consideration of reputation, community in Internet age Jamie Cameron sm

Updating defamation law in consideration of Internet speech, social media and digital publishing platforms is a necessary, but challenging task. The Law Commission of Ontario’s (LCO) current project on “Defamation Law in the Internet Age” has inspired legal academics across the world to engage in the discussion about setting the stage for reform. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

Alberta proposing changes to youth employment rules

After making a number of significant changes over the last year to its labour and employment laws, Alberta is now looking to change provincial rules surrounding young workers. The provincial government announced June 8 it was seeking feedback on a number of proposed new regulations on youth employment. Labour Minister Christina Grey said the government’s priority “has always been to make sure young workers don’t get hurt while on the job.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

Corporate ownership transparency: Canada vs. the Caymans corporate_transparancy_sm

Do Canadians want corporate secrecy or transparency? Do Canadians want shell companies and numbered companies? “I’m an open book” versus “none of your business.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Former Justices Cromwell and O’Connor discuss civility and the art of advocacy Dennis O'Connor and Thomas Cromwell sm

The recent decision in Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada 2018 SCC 27 hung in the air as former justices Thomas Cromwell and Dennis O’Connor discussed civility, professionalism and the future of the litigation bar at a fireside chat hosted by the Toronto Lawyers Association on June 6. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

With latest Chevron decision, issues of piercing corporate veil remain unlock_secrets_sm

The long and twisting saga of Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation took another turn recently with the latest decision in this matter from the Ontario Court of Appeal (Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation 2018 ONCA 472). ... [read more]